Talk Workforce Development with Karla Fortunato & the Department of Labor

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden, CT
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For staff and trustees of member organizations.

Workforce Affinity Group

CCP members interested in workforce issues are invited to meet new CCP President Karla Fortunato, in a discussion of workforce development across the state with Ram Aberasturia from the State of Connecticut, Department of Labor. Karla has been learning about workforce issues in the state and is eager to hear from our members engaged in this work. As the State sees budget cuts across vital programs and initiatives, it’s important for public and private sector entities to convene, and explore potential partnership opportunities. 


Ram Aberasturia
Director of Labor Operations, Employment Services
State of Connecticut, Department of Labor 


Ram, director of labor operations for employment services in the Wethersfield Office of the Department of Labor, has been employed with the state for more than 19 years. He began state service after graduating from the University of Connecticut. During his tenure at the Labor Department he held several positions, each with greater responsibilities, leading to his present position in 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for serving the employment needs of employers and job seekers alike in Connecticut.

Karla Fortunato
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


Appointed as CCP's new president, effective May 1, 2017, Karla comes to CCP after 13 years at the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), a national alliance of 60 philanthropic organizations based in Rockville, MD. As director of HEFN, she managed its programming, outreach, and operations, promoting collaboration on shared goals among its members. Karla previously served as associate director of policy for Health Care for All in Boston, engaging in policy research, communications, and campaigns, and as a consultant for The Public Policy Institute, also in Boston. 


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