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Tampa names workforce director

Brenda “Bren” McKenzie will lead the city’s efforts at readying its residents for high-wage jobs.
Brenda McKenzie was recently named Tampa's director of workforce partnerships and special projects.
Brenda McKenzie was recently named Tampa's director of workforce partnerships and special projects. [ City of Tampa ]
Published Dec. 1, 2020

TAMPA —Mayor Jane Castor, during her campaign and first 18 months in office, has said readying city residents for high-wage, sustainable jobs is a priority for her.

To that end, Castor has named Brenda “Bren” McKenzie as director of workforce partnerships and special projects.

McKenzie brings 25 years of experience in economic development to her new position, which will also involve leading special projects assigned to her by Castor, according to a Nov. 20 news release.

Her background in planning, public administration, economic development in Chicago, Boston and Baltimore as well as private sector companies like Starbucks Coffee Company have proven her ability to leverage public-private partnerships and help create billions in economic impact, the release stated.

“It is critically important that we cultivate a strong, talented workforce here in Tampa across all industries. By utilizing Bren’s extensive expertise and the Workforce Development Advisory Team recommendations we can maximize our resources to make a tangible impact on our workforce ecosystem by touching every corner of the city,” said Castor in a statement.

McKenzie said in statement that she was excited to join in executing Castor’s vision “Transform Tampa’s Tomorow.”

“This will truly be a collaborative effort - working with businesses, stakeholders and residents to foster a strong resilient workforce both for today and for the future,” she said.

McKenzie will report to Ocea Wynn, the city’s Neighborhood and Community Affairs administrator. Her salary is $128,752.


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