Speaker

Robin Fernkas

Deputy Administrator

U.S. Department of Labor/ETA

Biography

Robin Fernkas currently serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Office of Workforce Investment for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). In this position, she provides leadership in developing programs and policy guidance for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) publicly funded workforce system and discretionary investments in skills training and employment programs. This office administers a total of 25 programs that provide employment and training assistance to thousands of individuals. She provides leadership in administering technical assistance to the public workforce system on sector strategies and career pathways. Ms. Fernkas brings a wealth of knowledge of workforce development through her work experience with workforce investment system advisory boards at the local, state and national levels. Prior to joining ETA in 2003, she worked for a private sector consulting firm managing projects for both the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education and worked for several Washington, D.C. based Intergovernmental Groups on workforce policy issues. She holds a B.A. in international economics from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a working mother who enjoys cooking, playing tennis and cycling with her son and husband.