New NKWIB Director Announced - Welcome Tara Johnson-Noem

From the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, Northern KY Workforce Chief Local Elected Official Judge/Executive Gary Moore, and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District                                                    

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New NKWIB Director Tara Johnson-Noem is neither a newcomer to Northern Kentucky, nor to the NKADD. She will be taking over direction of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board when long-standing NKWIB Director Barbara Stewart retires in December.

Most recently, Johnson-Noem served as Director of Government Relations for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the sixth largest United Way in the United States. In this role, she regularly convened business and community advocates with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels on issues key to United Way’s goal to help people move on a path out of poverty.

From 2004-2007, she served as Public Administration Specialist for NKADD, and she looks forward to rejoining the organization.

“I’m excited to be working to address our region’s workforce challenges in this new capacity. Our region’s economy is strong and thanks to our county Judges Executive, the Workforce Investment Board members, dedicated partners and staff, much progress has been made. But we still have work to do to connect people who are unemployed or under-employed with jobs where they can be ready with the necessary skills. I’m honored to be carrying on this critical work as I transition into the role,” she said.

Johnson-Noem has also combined communication and convening skills with technical expertise to support the community and economic development of Northern Kentucky in roles at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Vision 2015, Ashland Inc., and the Catalytic Fund.

“Tara Johnson-Noem is a valuable addition to the Northern Kentucky workforce community. Her experience with strategic planning, workforce development and career planning will ensure the continuation of the great work currently being done by the Workforce Investment Board, as well as developing a comprehensive vision for the future of the region.” Judge/Executive Gary Moore, NKY CLEO

“The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board drives innovative workforce development that meets the changing needs of employers and our labor force. As a High Impact Board, we have been successful in enhancing economic development for our region. Under the direction and vision of the new NKWIB Director, Tara Johnson-Noem, we look forward to continuing our success with meeting the workforce needs in our region,” said Dana Dobbs, NKWIB Chair

Johnson-Noem earned a Master’s of Community Planning from University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s degree from Centre College. She lives with her husband and three children in Fort Mitchell.  

The NKWIB Director also serves as NKADD’s Associate Director of Workforce Development, which requires strategic implementation of NKWIB policies and directives, overseeing multiple grant programs, coordination with multiple stakeholders, and management of an annual budget of $3.3 million in federal funds for workforce system development. More information is available at


About the Northern Kentucky Area Development District 
Founded in 1971, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District is one of fifteen multi-county planning and development organizations that comprise a statewide network.  The NKADD provides case-management and other services for the aging and/or disabled population, workforce development support to businesses and those seeking work, and community development assistance to local government organizations in Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton Counties in Northern Kentucky.  The NKADD strives to foster regional strategies, solutions, and partnerships that achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of the region.

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