Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas Names Interim President

In 2024, the agency plans to undergo a strategic and organizational transformation, including a renewed executive search for a permanent president, as part of its ongoing efforts to reimagine and enhance its workforce solutions.

Ashlee Verner, CPA, has been appointed interim president of Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, its board of directors announced.

Verner has a proven track record in workforce development and a commitment to the mission, Workforce Solutions said. She brings valuable expertise coupled with her strong financial knowledge to the role.

Verner has been with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas for nine years, most recently as the chief financial officer and executive vice president.
“I have full confidence in Ashlee’s ability to lead us forward at this juncture,” Workforce Solutions Board Chair Carter Holston said. “In 2024, we will continue to reimagine the agency in strategic and organizational planning, which will also include a relaunch of our executive search for a permanent president.” 

Long-serving President Laurie Bouillion Larrea will remain as an adviser to the board through January to ensure a smooth transition.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead the agency and I am looking forward to managing the tremendous resources found within this great organization. We will continue serving the community in fulfilling our mission of connecting job seekers and employers,” Verner said in a statement.

Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins lauded the appointment.

“I look forward to working with Ms. Verner over the coming months as she serves as interim president for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. With her years of experience in workforce development and finance, we are fortunate to have Ms. Verner during this transition,” Jenkins said.

Larrea sees positive times ahead.

“I am confident that under Ashlee’s leadership, WFSDallas will continue to thrive and make a positive impact in our community,” Larrea said.

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is the local organization charged with implementing a system of services to complement economic development as a resource for employers to access the quality employees they need, as well as training individuals to be successfully employed.

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