The Columbus Chamber of Commerce now has a face to accompany its strategic commitment to education and workforce efforts in Central Ohio.
The organization is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Fuller as its director of workforce development. She joins the Columbus Chamber’s management team after serving in critical roles during her 14 years with Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools.
Fuller will now act as a liaison to the business community in promoting workforce programming and initiatives; building productive partnerships with nonprofit organizations, educators and human resource professionals; and also developing metrics and systems to drive meaningful results for the region.
“Kelly’s addition to our leadership team really is the culmination of months of planning and alignment with not only our strategic framework, but also our board of directors and partners elsewhere in the community,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber.
“She will be the leading advocate for the talent and recruiting needs of our nearly 1,600 members, as well as underserved members of the region’s workforce.”
The Columbus Chamber collaborated closely with organizations like the United Way of Central Ohio and Columbus State Community College to build the scope, funding, performance metrics and overall mandate for Fuller’s position.
Darci Congrove, managing director for GBQ Partners and chair of the Columbus Chamber’s Workforce Committee, was instrumental in bringing Fuller on board and echoed the importance of a comprehensive approach.
“Especially during this moment of opportunity for the Columbus Region, the need is greater than ever to invest in identifying workforce challenges, educating our community and creating tangible outcomes for organizations and individuals alike,” said Congrove.
“Kelly has consistently reflected those priorities in her career thus far, and we’re excited to bring that energy and expertise to the Chamber.”
In her role, Fuller will also help align resources in support of the Columbus Chamber Foundation, a partner organization of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce which strives to create greater opportunity for disadvantaged members of the community through job readiness and preparation.