Heart of Florida United Way President/CEO Robert H. (Bob) Brown has been appointed to serve on the board for the newly restructured Workforce Central Florida (WCF), a publicly funded jobs agency serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.
Brown is one of 22 leaders appointed by the Workforce Investment Consortium, which includes Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other regional officials. The board reorganization follows a state investigation into WCF’s business practices and the forced resignation of its previous board and members of its executive team.
Also appointed to the new Workforce board was United Way board member Debbie Clements, Community Relations Manager for Progress Energy, who has served in many volunteer capacities with United Way over the past several years.
Restoring Trust & Transparency
Brown, who has led Heart of Florida United Way since 2006, said he looks forward working with other local leaders in restoring trust and accountability for WCF, which has received more than $100 million in federal funding over the past five years.
“With so many Central Floridians still struggling to find jobs, it’s imperative that Workforce Central Florida continues its role as the region’s leading authority for labor force planning, recruitment and training,” Brown said. “I’m honored to serve during this transition period and help restore public trust and the highest standards of transparency, accountability and effectiveness.”
In addition to the Workforce board, Brown also serves on the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness board; the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Central Florida College of Health & Public Affairs; and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Selection Committee. In 2008, he was named as the Orlando Business Journal Most Influential Business Man for a Nonprofit.