Earl A. Buford, WRTP/BIG STEP

Earl Buford’s career includes 18 years of experience in workforce development, diversity initiatives, and program management.

As President/CEO of the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP, he has developed strong partnerships with local and state-wide businesses, labor unions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to develop and sustain a diverse labor pool for regional workforce development efforts and projects.

In addition to his role on NNSP’s Advisory Committee, Earl is affiliated with the following boards:

  • Advisory Board, National Skills Coalition
  • Industry Recruiting Task Force, AGC of America
  • State of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment
  • Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Green Team
  • Commissioner, Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School
  • Advisory Board, Construction Labor/Management Council of Greater Milwaukee
  • Steering Committee Member, Milwaukee Emerald Cities Collaborative

Earl received the 2007 MATC Apprenticeship Civic award, the 2006 AGC of America’s Craft Trainer award, the 2005 "Educator of the Year" award from the Daily Reporter, and the 2003 Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council Affirmative Action Award. In 2002, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer, and Labor Services (OATELS), to represent one of only 17 organizations nationwide in its Diversity Outreach Providers Bank.