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Our NiiCA Board of Advisors & Staff

NiiCA's Board of Advisors and Staff are seasoned professionals, who bring successful backgrounds in academe, government, and the private sector, and each dedicated to the NIIT Mission “to identify current and future roadblocks to innovation in strategic industry sectors and ensure they are eliminated”.

Our Board of Advisors

Mike Russo

Mike Russo

President & CEO

Nikki Zaahir

Nikki Zaahir

Executive Director

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Emily Reilly

Board Member

Melinda Woods

Melinda Woods

Chairwoman

Earl Wyatt

Earl Wyatt

Advisor

Charles W. Wessner

Charles W. Wessner

Board Director

Phil Singerman

Phil Singerman, Ph. D

Advisor

Our Staff

Mike Russo

Mike Russo

President & CEO

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Martha Ponge

Director, National Apprenticeships

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Jesus Cabrero

Full Stack Software Engineer

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Nikki Zaahir

Executive Director

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Laury Ferguson

Associate Director of Program Administration and Marketing

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Chloe Thornton

Program Administration and Data Specialist

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Robert Weinman

Director, Workforce Innovation

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Stephanie Frederick

Manager of Outreach, Engagement and Communications

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Clay Nagel

Senior Director, National Center for Skills-Based Learning

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