Our Team2020-12-17T03:20:24+00:00

Meet Our Team

Jess Guerra
Jess GuerraExecutive Director, Transportation Workforce Institute
Jess spent the first several years of his career in the transportation industry working with large truck fleets where he honed his technical training and experience in supervising heavy-duty vehicle maintenance facilities. In addition, he gained six years experience working for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), where he expanded his expertise in alternative fuels and transit bus shop supervision.

Jess was awarded the “Full Circle Award” by Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability. This award recognizes individuals who have started their career paths at the community college level and are now giving back to the college community. He was also named LATTC’s CTE Faculty of the Year in 2011.

Jess is currently serving as Chair for the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology. This council was formed by the California Air Resources Board and provides training on emission regulations enforcement for on-road diesel vehicles. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium-a consortium comprised of multiple transit bus companies and community colleges that focuses on the technical training of bus maintenance technicians and other personnel.

Marcy Drummond
Marcy DrummondSenior Fellow, Transportation Workforce Institute
Marcy Drummond has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in higher education administration and philanthropy. Ms. Drummond was Vice President of Operations and Impact at the ACT Foundation where she led the foundation’s operations, finances, strategic communications, and research efforts. Ms. Drummond also held the position of Lead Senior Program Officer for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leading a national higher education transformation initiative. Prior to that, she served as Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation and as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development where she instituted several initiatives and programs, many of which received national and international recognition most notably for community college innovation and sustainable workforce development. Ms. Drummond has been awarded the Green Achievement Award for Workforce Development by Green Technology Magazine; the Energy Star Award by the President’s Roundtable; and the National Action Hero Award for Innovation, Ingenuity, and Inspiration in Clean Energy by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Ken Bolding
Ken BoldingCurriculum Developer, Transportation Workforce Institute
Ken Bolding is a Curriculum Developer at the Transportation Workforce Institute. Ken has created transportation-related training materials for TWI and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College since 2012. Recent courses include maintenance and repair training modules for the Ansaldo-Breda P2550 railcar, Emergency Response for Rail Controllers, and HASTUS software training for Metro University. He has previously worked as an Instructional Designer for the Penn State Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, where he designed and coded computer-based training modules for the R.O.A.D. to Success, a project designed to provide low-literate Truck Drivers with the reading skills necessary to pass the Commercial Driver’s License Examination (CDL).

During his 20-years as a Curriculum Developer, Instructional Designer, Technical Writer, and Corporate Trainer, Ken has created innovative training solutions in industries as diverse as financial software (Intuit), payroll processing (Intuit Payroll), wireless telephony (AT&T Wireless), and temporary staffing (Roth Staffing Companies). He routinely achieves greater than 90% top-box scores for his self-paced multimedia modules and is a recipient of the Intuit Jordan award for excellence as an Instructional Designer, as well as numerous awards for public speaking. He is an experienced filmmaker and multimedia creator, who has worked on more than 50 film projects, including instructional and corporate videos, narrative shorts, web series, and feature films.

Erica Williams
Erica WilliamsStudent Programs Specialist, Transportation Workforce Institute
Erica Williams is the Student Programs Specialist for the Transportation Workforce Institute. She oversees logistics, grant management, customer engagement, and implementation of TWI’s strategic initiatives. Erica has a background in program development and community engagement.

Prior to joining TWI, Erica served over ten years in the nonprofit sector, primarily at Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit consulting agency. While at Taproot Foundation, Erica oversaw program implementation and grant management for the newly established Los Angeles office. Under her leadership, the office expanded its service area beyond Los Angeles, and provided capacity building opportunities throughout Southern California. Erica was promoted to National Program Director where she was responsible for Taproot’s program development and strategic planning across the US, working with Fortune 500 companies to launch impactful community engagement programs nationally.

Before coming to the Transportation Workforce Institute, Erica served as an Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations within Occidental College’s career center. Throughout her career, Erica led and worked with teams to establish new processes, technology-based tools, and enhance program impact, as well as facilitate relationships with community leaders.

Erica earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), with an emphasis in Urban Affairs from California State University, Long Beach.


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