About Us

The Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) coordinates the San Francisco Workforce Development System, which is a network of public, private, and nonprofit service providers that serve San Francisco job seekers and employers. We offer San Francisco employers services and assistance to attract, grow and retain a diverse workforce. View the Workforce Strategic Plan

Workforce Development connects job seekers in San Francisco with employment opportunities in growing industries such as Technology, Health Care, Hospitality and Construction. We provide industry aligned job training and access to job search assistance at community based neighborhood access points throughout the City, to help provide employers with skilled workers.

View our Success Stories page to find out more about the real people who have benefited from OEWD's workforce programs.

Meet the Director

Joshua Arce serves as the Director of Workforce Development for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), following his appointment by Mayor London N. Breed in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, Josh led the office’s CityBuild division, a landmark construction training program that continues to place hundreds of residents into jobs.  

Prior to joining OEWD, Arce spent 15 years as a civil rights attorney and labor representative for Laborer’s Union Local 21, working with community members to improve employment, housing, and environmental conditions in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods; specifically for formerly incarcerated workers. He created initiatives to pilot local and regional pre-apprenticeship offerings into the clean energy, energy efficiency and affordable housing sectors.

For general questions, please contact our office at 415-701-4848 or email us at workforce.development@sfgov.org 

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The Workforce Investment San Francisco (WISF) Board

The Workforce Investment San Francisco (WISF) ​Board is designated as San Francisco’s Workforce Investment Board.  The mission of the WISF is to provide a forum where businesses, labor, education, government, community-based organizations and other stakeholders work together to increase their collective capacity to address the supply and demand challenges confronting the workforce.

Specifically, the WISF is responsible for:

  • Establishing the direction of workforce development in support of San Francisco’s vision for economic competitiveness.
  • Creating strategic workforce connections between industry, business, labor, educational institutions, and community based organizations to serve the needs of workers and employers in the region.
  • Providing job seekers with education and training needs to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Creating a framework to merge public and private resources and expertise to create an integrated workforce development and business service system.

WISF Members play an integral role in overseeing and setting the direction for San Francisco’s Workforce System.  They establish policies for workforce development in San Francisco and influence the design and of the delivery system.  Further, they contribute expertise from industry and articulate the current workforce trends and needs of the local labor market.  Most importantly they provide leadership in developing a strong and vital partnership between businesses, education, community based organizations, and City agencies. 

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For more information about the WISF, please contact:

Office of Economic and Workforce Development
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 701-4848