Cheryl Feldman, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Cheryl Feldman is Executive Director of the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, a labor-management educational trust fund with 50 contributing employer partners, where she has worked for 35 years.

The Training Fund provides educational opportunities for the members of District 1199C (Philadelphia Hospital and Healthcare Employees), an AFSCME affiliate, and for community residents, with an emphasis on workforce and career ladder programs. Cheryl has helped develop the Fund's Learning Center into a comprehensive educational career center providing a wide range of literacy and skills training programs that serve 18,000 adults and youth annually who reside in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. In coordination with the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, Cheryl has provided leadership in bringing federal, state, and foundation grant funds to the Philadelphia region to retrain laid off hospital workers, assist TANF recipients to receive skills training, and educate nursing, allied health, health information, human services, and child care workers at every step of the career ladder, from entry-level certificates through Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Cheryl serves on the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success (Youth Council), and the Economic Advisory Council of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. She served on the Education and Training Healthcare Subcommittee of the President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), and testified before the US Senate HELP Committee on WIA reauthorization. She attended Oberlin College for her Bachelor's degree and received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.