Meet the Team
WorkLB is based within Pacific Gateway, the public workforce board covering Long Beach and surrounding cities.
The WorkLB Team
PROGRAM MANAGER: James Lindamood
James is a regular volunteer for mental health charities. After working in the healthcare sector he joined the Long Beach charity Skills4Care where he became their project manager for the WorkLB pilot. James recruited, vetted and staffed for the assignments. He then joined Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership as Director of Economic Innovation.
OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR: Brenda Cortes
A graduate of Long Beach City College’s Business Management program, Brenda is soon to complete her bachelor’s at CSULB. She has spent 7 years in customer service for a national retailer. A lifelong Long Beach resident, she volunteers at a city school, helping children read, learn math and play. Brenda supports WorkLB’s worker-seekers on their path to employment through our platform.
SENIOR ADVISOR: Wingham Rowan
Wingham ran UK government programs that developed a platform for “Good gig work” within public employment agencies. Funded by national philanthropies he has advised multiple US workforce agencies on options for supporting individuals seeking non-standard employment.
PROGRAM SUPPORT: Utilia Guzman
Utilia is Head of Special Projects at Pacific Gateway. She oversees programs addressing the needs of opportunity youth and other target groups. She has organized multiple job fairs and workforce events. Utilia oversees WorkLB’s budgeting and contracting arrangements with non-profits and other partners.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Nick Schultz
Nick Schultz: Nick has over twenty-three years of direct experience in the field of economic and workforce development. He serves as both the Executive Director of PGWIN – a public workforce organization serving five cities in our area – and as the Bureau Manager for the City of Long Beach’s workforce development bureau.