Virginia Hamilton is the Regional Administrator for Region 6 of the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The Region covers eight western states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and four territories in the Pacific. Her office oversees the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Job Service, Unemployment Insurance, Trade Assistance Act, and discretionary grants such as the TAACCCT, Youth Build, Ex-Offender, and National Emergency Grants.
Prior to her work at the USDOL, Virginia spent several years consulting with workforce agencies, non-profits, and government agencies both in the United States and Europe, including the National Association of Workforce Boards and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), based in Paris. Prior to that, she served as Director for Civic Engagement at California Forward, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more responsive, representative, and cost-effective government. She founded and, for 15 years, managed the California Workforce Association, whose members include the 49 California Workforce Investment Boards. Earlier in her career, Virginia ran the Job Training Partnership Program, a billion dollar federal job training program, for the Governor of the State of California.
Virginia has also spent 15 years studying, practicing, and teaching facilitatory and participatory methods of engaging people to talk together, reach consensus, and move to action. She incorporates these skills into all of her work.
Virginia has written and commissioned numerous reports and studies, including Networks in Workforce Development, evaluations of the One-Stop Career Center system, Career Center cost studies, and a paper on Career Clusters for the OECD. Among her numerous activities in the field of education, training, and employment issues, she co-founded the California EDGE (Education, Diversity and Growth in the Economy) Campaign, a multi-stakeholder coalition advocating for systemic change in workforce and education policy.