Liddy Romero is Managing Director and a Founding Member of WorkLab Innovations. In 2009, she founded the Colorado-based organization WorkLife Partnership, deploying the Sustainable Workforce Model. Building on her education, as well as her small business and nonprofit experience, Liddy helps lead the national efforts to make this model accessible and effective throughout the U.S.
In the previous eight years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforces to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities.
Liddy has 14 years of experience working with government entities, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sectors. She serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, was an Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and is a 2017-2018 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council.
Liddy received a ROI Certification from the ROI Institute in May 2017. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Valerie directs national replication of the WorkLab Sustainable Workforce Model at member sites, and supports education, thought leadership, and innovation around post-hire supports through the WorkLab Learning Network. She brings more than a decade of experience in the economic, workforce, and community development fields to her role.
Valerie has long been passionate about building sustainable work, career, and economic trajectories for the most vulnerable members of America’s workforce. She cut her teeth in the field at SEEDCO where she managed a $2.5 million portfolio of workforce development contracts with the State of New York, the City of New York, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Valerie has expertise in sector and career pathway initiatives in the healthcare and construction fields, Lifelong Learning Account integrations (LILAs), and capacity-building services for community-based organizations.
In 2012, Valerie spearheaded the launch of an early version of the Sustainable Workforce Model in northern Colorado while managing special initiatives for the Bohemian Foundation. Rooted in community dialogue and a collaborative process that involved business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic entities, the Model continues to thrive in northern Colorado today.
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. Berkeley, and dual Master's degrees from Columbia University in Social Work and International Affairs (Economic and Political Development). She is a graduate of the P/PV and Aspen Institute Sector Strategies Practicum, and is a recipient of Columbia University’s Lowenstein Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of Social Work. Valerie lives in Fort Collins, CO, with her spouse and two children.
Suzie supports the WorkLab network as its Learning Network Manager, by fostering member growth through use of tools, trainings and educational resources for WorkLab’s growing membership community.
She came to the team from the for-profit world, having worked as a project manager (PMP® certified) and digital marketing consultant; however, she has always had a heart for non-profit work as exemplified in volunteer work on a school foundation board, starting a “green program” with a local elementary school, Rotary International, and both youth and adult ESL tutoring and coaching gigs.
Suzie has a B.A. in Journalism from Creighton University, and earned a Master’s degree in International Business -- both as a requirement in previous product development roles, and as an excuse to travel even more. Suzie also started a business for a kitchenware product that her young daughter invented and patented, and so enjoys the innovative work of helping to cultivate the WorkLab member network.
Throughout her career, Suzie has been described to have a deep sense of personal responsibility, a service ethic, and an unending focus on the well-being of others. She enjoys mountain biking, and lives in Golden CO with her spouse, two children, and too many pets.