Mr. Bernick was the director of the California Employment Development Department from 1999-2004, and since 2004 has been a Fellow in Employment with the Milken Institute and Counsel with the San Francisco-based firm of Duane Morris LLP. He is the author of 5 books, most recently The Autism Job Club (2018) with Richard Holden. Michael oversees research at CWA as the Association’s Research Director. CWA’s research efforts identify employment and job training strategies to strengthen California’s workforce system. Recent applied research efforts have involved CWA working with Local Workforce Development Boards in testing and analyzing placement strategies for the long term unemployed in California, adults with developmental differences, and out-of-school youth.