Kristen Holder has joined Central Six AlabamaWorks as executive director. In this role, she will work with regional partners to envision and implement talent development strategies for the workforce. She will also oversee the merger of Central Six with Innovate Birmingham, ensuring the sustainability of the reimagined organization and increasing its effectiveness in meeting the needs of local business and industry.
“Kristen has deep experience designing and deploying innovative workforce solutions in partnership with employers. With her at the helm of this newly merged organization, we are positioning Central Alabama’s workforce ecosystem to be a natural leader in creative approaches to building the workforce of the future,” said Emily Wykle, board chair of Central Six.
Central Six’s mission is to form and foster partnerships between industry, education and workforce agencies to identify career pathways, discover skills gaps and work with training providers to fill those gaps.
One of the key priorities for Central Six will be leadership of the nearly $11 million Good Jobs Challenge award, in conjunction with the City of Birmingham and other community partners, which will train 1,000 Central Alabamians for careers in digital health and health care. Holder’s experience developing apprenticeships and other employer-driven solutions will be critical to this work.
She became her career in Birmingham as the industry cluster coordinator for Central Six AlabamaWorks. Prior to accepting the executive director position, she served as the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship project manager for Workforce Regions 2 and 4, where she expanded the use of registered apprenticeship programs throughout the state.
Holder graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also is a graduate of Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management Academy.