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Published on January 17, 2024
Healey-Driscoll Administration Appoints Duo to Help New Arrivals Join Massachusetts WorkforceSource: Facebook/Governor Maura Healey

In a move to streamline the integration of new arrivals into the local economy, the Healey-Driscoll Administration has named Ken Brown and Sarah Joseph as key players in its initiative to bridge the gap between eager workers and businesses starving for talent.

According to a press release from the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), Brown will serve as Assistant Secretary for Employer Engagement and Employment Outcomes, while Joseph will take on the mantle of Director of Community Engagement. Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey said in a statement “Across industries, we have employers who urgently need talent to fill open positions, and we have people arriving in Massachusetts who want to work. Our administration has worked hard to get people work authorizations as quickly as possible, and now we are connecting them with jobs that need to be filled,”

Moving past the bureaucratic red tape, nearly 3,000 new Bay Staters have secured work authorizations, paving the way for them to contribute to a local economy that's practically begging for their participation. This was made possible through concerted clinics with the Biden Administration, dedicated to assisting migrants in Massachusetts.

Ken Brown, a familiar face in both public service and the private sector, boasts a sterling track record of managing high-level partnerships and delivering results. His strategic prowess will now be channeled towards matching migrants with work authorization to employers in desperate need. On the other side of the spectrum, Sarah Joseph brings a wealth of human services management to the table, wielding her social work expertise to foster local and regional collaborations aimed at employment success for the newly-arrived talent hence addressing barriers like language proficiency and skill mismatches.

Emergency Assistance Director General Scott Rice stated, “The Administration is committed to assisting newly arrived families and part of those efforts is connecting them with employers looking and willing to hire. We know from our work at the Command Center and in communities across the state that people are eager to work and contribute to Massachusetts’ success. Having team members focused on opening more pathways and job opportunities for newly arrived talent with employers looking for skilled workers will help the Administration accomplish its goals and help these families thrive.” Meanwhile, Brooke Thomson, head honcho at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, gave props to the initiative, highlighting the urgency with which these workers are needed on the state's economically hungry stage.

Cristina Aguilera, Executive Director of the Office for Refugees and Immigrants, echoed these sentiments, pointing out the zeal among families to start fresh and the critical role employment plays in that process.