WorkLab Founding Members

We Leverage a Combined 35 Years of Experience

Founding Members

Lars Nowack

Lars Nowack

CEO, Connect for Success

Seattle, Wa

Lars Nowack has extensive and varied leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Lars has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations through multiple transitions, mergers, and growth. He specializes in strategic planning, program development, administrative and fiscal management, and fund development. Lars has raised and coordinated more than $18 million in foundation, local, state, and federal grants, and social venture funding to fund Cares of Washington, the parent organization of Connect for Success.

Lars holds a B.A. in counseling from DePaul University, a theater degree from the School for Total Theater in Switzerland, and a Marine machinist degree from Esbjerg Marine Engineering College in Denmark. Lars is active in the local Seattle community, where he serves on various boards, and is a passionate believer in the opportunity for all people to be self-sufficient.

Liddy Romero

Liddy Romero

Founder and Executive Director, WorkLife


Liddy Romero founded WorkLife Partnership in 2009, building on her education, and small business and nonprofit experience to bring a new model for social enterprise to Colorado. In the last seven years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforce to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities. 

Liddy has 14 years of experience in working with government entities, and both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Liddy serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council. She was a previous Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and was recently accepted as a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Job Quality Fellowship, hosted within the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program. 

Liddy has a dual role in serving as Managing Director for WorkLab Innovations – a network organization that leads the replication and scale of the Sustainable Workforce Model. The Sustainable Workforce Model engages human capital, increases economic opportunity for families through work, protects the bottom line, and builds more inclusive workplace cultures.

Liddy holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Mindy Ysasi, SPHR

Mindy Ysasi, SPHR

Executive Director, The Source

Grand Rapids, MI

Mindy Ysasi leads The SOURCE, with a mission to reduce employment barriers for employees who work for partner organizations of The SOURCE. Mindy is one of the founding members of WorkLab Innovations – a network organization leading the replication and scale of the Sustainable Workforce Model.

The SOURCE began as an idea by local CEOs who wanted to retain talent in their companies and who understood that talent is a differentiator. The SOURCE works with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with private caseworkers, and with employers by providing navigation and connection supports to employees.

Mindy joined The SOURCE in 2015 after a career in Human Resources with a variety employment sectors, including healthcare and manufacturing. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A. in management and marketing. Mindy is currently pursuing an E.M.B.A. at Michigan State University. 

Mindy is also a co-founder of the Latina Network of West Michigan, an organic collective focused on changing the Latina narrative in the region. She is an appointed member to the Civil Service Board, City of Grand Rapids. Additionally, Mindy serves as the co-chair for KConnect, a collective impact high school to career work group. She has been recognized for her commitment and leadership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Young Professional award, the GVSU Alumni Service award, Grand Rapids Business Journal “40 under 40,” and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network—Grand Rapids DoGooder and Exemplary Executive awards.