The skills of amrican workforce

Commission & Staff


Raymond J. Uhalde

Deputy Director

Ray Uhalde is Director of the Workforce Development Strategies Group at the National Center on Education and the Economy. He is the co-author of Toward A National Workforce Education And Training Policy and currently manages an international study on the impact globalization is having on work and living standards in the United States. Ray served for over twenty-five years with the U.S. Department of Labor, the last fifteen in senior executive positions. As acting Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) for two years, Ray was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor and chief public spokesperson on all employment and training matters. He was the lead Department official responsible for enactment of the Welfare to Work Act of 1997 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor from 1994 to 2002, Ray oversaw operations for an agency of 1400 people with a budget of $10 billion, including oversight of the nation’s unemployment insurance system, One Stop Career Center network, the Job Corps, school-to-career transition, foreign labor certification, apprenticeship, and training programs for youth, older workers, people with disabilities, and other special populations. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ray served as administrator of ETA’s strategic planning, policy development, research, and demonstration activities. Before entering Federal service, Ray was employed as a labor economist for a private consulting firm. Ray currently serves on the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and is vice-chair of the board of directors for Perry School Community Services Center, Inc. of Washington, D.C.