Brian Holland is an internationally recognized expert in the design, implementation and management of policies and programs that build and advance economic and educational opportunity for underserved persons and improve the communities in which these persons live. Previously, he has served as the Deputy Director, Workforce Development at the D.C. Department of Employment Services, and was the first Director of the National Workforce Development Agency in the Cayman Islands. Before his foray into international work, Brian was a workforce development consultant at Strategic Partnerships LLC, Deloitte & Touche, JBS International and in independent practice. His multiple engagements with community colleges, workforce investment boards, employers, non-profit organizations and state governments have led to the creation of multiple workforce partnerships across the United States.
Brian holds a strong passion for urban issues, stemming from graduate work in public policy and urban planning at Columbia University and his earlier career in New York City as the Interim Director of the NYC Federal Empowerment Zone and Assistant Vice President for national Community Reinvestment Act compliance at Citigroup. He identifies himself as a “pracademic” where he enjoys bridging research with policy practice to address social issues and has published his analyses of workforce and economic development issues in Planning Practice, The Public Manager, Cities, Industry & Higher Education, Rooflines, the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, and Local Economy.