Senior Director, Community Development
Marguerite Avé-Womack is Senior Director of Community Development. She oversees the new TechHire program, a signature initiative of the White House to launch innovative training and placement models for developing tech talent.
Previously, Marguerite was the Director of Workforce Development at Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) where she oversaw the organization’s employment-related programs including three American Job Centers and three satellite job centers. She also led the agency’s policy and advocacy efforts aimed at improving the financial stability of families in Los Angeles County. During her tenure at JVS, she expanded the agency’s services to veterans, creating Java for Janes, Next Level Careers, and Vets in Tech — programs designed to smooth the transition to living wage jobs for veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to JVS, Marguerite worked at United Way of Greater Los Angeles where she served as the Director of Economic and Workforce Development, before becoming Director of Operations.
Marguerite has a long history of volunteer involvement centered on low-income and disadvantaged communities. For more than five years, she was a Board Member of Asian Rehabilitation Services, a nonprofit focused on assisting people with developmental disabilities gain job skills and employment. She also served on the Board of the Los Angeles Emergency Food and Shelter Program that administers federal funds to local homeless shelters and food banks.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and has worked in the field of economic and workforce development for more than 15 years.