DWS Press Release
September 20, 2018

Jon Pierpont

Workforce Services director becomes president of national board

National Association of State Workforce Agencies taps Jon Pierpont as president

Salt Lake City, UT (September 20, 2018) — The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) today announced Jon Pierpont as the new president of the board of directors. As part of this commitment, Pierpont will represent Utah on the executive committee for the next two years as president and past-president.

"There is no hotter topic across the nation than building the workforce for today and the future. Every state is experiencing successes and challenges in the labor force," Pierpont said. "It is an honor to work closely with my counterparts in other states in a common goal of strengthening our workforce to meet industry needs."

NASWA's mission is to enhance the state workforce agencies' ability to accomplish their goals, statutory roles and responsibilities. The organization works to drive the national agenda for workforce policy and provide value to state workforce administrators. The executive committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss policy matters and their impacts on states. In addition, the executive committee coordinates activities with the various subcommittees and programs.

Pierpont currently serves as the executive director of Utah's Department of Workforce Services and cabinet member for Governor Gary R. Herbert. He has worked in several leadership positions within the department for more than 25 years. In addition, Pierpont has served as the NASWA Executive Committee President-elect, secretary and as the Equal Opportunity Committee Chair.

"Utah has been a standout state for several years with workforce programs, labor market information, and unemployment insurance. With all these programs integrated into one department, Utah sets the example for many other states to follow," said Scott B. Sanders, executive director of NASWA. "Jon’s leadership will be key this year as we work through many national issues involving the workforce system."

Pierpont begins serving as the NASWA president immediately while maintaining his executive director role at the Utah Department of Workforce Services. For more information about NASWA and the executive committee, visit NASWA.org..

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About NASWA:

National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C. and U.S. territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career, and business services, in addition to administering the unemployment insurance, veterans reemployment, and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development.