Lazandra Dial is the Interim Executive Director of the Oakland Workforce Development Board. She began her career in workforce development in 2011 as a Program Financial Analyst for the Alameda County Workforce Development Board where she oversaw career center services.
Ms. Dial worked for the State of California for 10 years before returning to her beloved City, Oakland. In her last position with the State she implemented the “New Start Prison to Employment Program” at Folsom State Prison in her role as the Community Resource Manager. She was the Senior Criminal Justice Specialist for the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning/Office of Emergency Services where she provided oversight for the statewide Domestic Violence Assistance Program and the Domestic Violence Response Team.
Ms. Dial was the Domestic Violence Program Manager for the California Office of the Attorney General (AG) /Department of Justice (DOJ) where she developed statewide violence prevention and intervention initiatives. She was also the Manager for the DOJ, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information, Client Services Program and oversaw special projects.
Prior to working for the State of California, Ms. Dial worked for a nonprofit as the Program Manager for the Sacramento Children’s Home where she was responsible for coordinating the Community Health Alliance initiative for reducing teenage pregnancy. She served as the Collaborative Coordinator for the Alameda County Housing and Community Development agency where she coordinated housing and employment services for homeless families. Ms. Dial was also the Program Director for A Safe Place, an Oakland based domestic violence prevention program and shelter.
Ms. Dial holds a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. She is a consultant, trainer, author, and speaker.