Board of Directors
Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development
Northern Virginia Community College
Steve Partridge, vice president of workforce development at Northern VirginiaCommunity College (NOVA), is a nationally recognized workforce development expert.In this role, he provides proactive support to regional economic development initiativesand strategic, college-wide leadership for the development and delivery of workforcetraining and its integration with NOVAs academic offerings.
Steve joined NOVA in February 2016, and in his first year collaborated with business,government, education and nonprofit leaders to position NOVA's workforcedevelopment division to be a partner with regional economic developmentorganizations; introduce a new, market-intelligence focus to supply regional data tocommunity partners, faculty and the public; launch an effort to create and adopt newregional career pathways; rebrand NOVA's regional workforce development efforts; anddevelop new cyber workforce training capabilities.
Over the past decade, this self-described "public-policy wonk" has led efforts to fix thegovernment's fractured workforce development system. In 2013, he testified before theU.S. Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension, advocating forworkforce reforms that were later incorporated into the Workforce Innovation andOpportunity Act of 2014, the long-overdue reauthorization of the Workforce InvestmentAct of 1998. Following former President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address,Steve was invited to meet with former Vice President Biden and former U.S.Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to discuss opportunities to create a moredemand-driven workforce system. He regularly consults with Congressional andAdministration staff on workforce issues.
Prior to joining NOVA, Steve served as president & CEO of Charlotte Works, theworkforce development board for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, N.C., where hehelped launch its successful transformation from a traditional board into a demanddriveneconomic development organization. He also held a variety of executivepositions at the Charlotte (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department ofCommerce, where he championed pro-small business policies and led efforts todevelop and promote renewable energy.
He holds a master's degree in public administration from Arizona State University and abachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona.Steve and his wife Susanne are the proud parents of three boys: Andrew, 16; Grant, 13;and Jack, 6. When he is not immersed in workforce issues, he joins his sons in golf,swimming and soccer games.
Located close to the nation’s capital, NOVA is Virginia’s largest institution of highereducation and the second largest community college in the U.S. Enrolling more than75,000 students a year with 2,600 faculty and staff members on six campuses, NOVAserves the higher and post-secondary educational needs of students from more than180 nations enrolled in more than 160 degree and certificate programs.
NOVA’s workforce development programs offer a wide array of non-credit certificateprograms that allow students to gain entry-level skills to enter the workforce or switch oradvance their careers. NOVA offers certificates in high-demand healthcare fields,information technology, cybersecurity and other areas critical to the regional economy.