Sarah Diane Sheppard
Director of Workforce Engagement
Governor’s Workforce Development Board
Sarah Diane Sheppard serves as director of workforce engagement for the Governor’s Workforce Development Board.
In that capacity, she develops strategic plans and writes policies to promote workforce innovation and opportunity for both employers and job seekers. She also is the liaison for the executive director with industry-led task forces and with state and federal agencies.
Sheppard also advises Gov. Larry Hogan about workforce development and training needs for Maryland’s businesses.
Recently, Sheppard co-wrote a report to the governor on computer science education and professional development. The report involved engaging with more than 200 stakeholders to develop career pathways into computer-science-related fields and attract businesses to Maryland. Importantly, the report features a section on encouraging young women and minorities to consider computer science as a career. The recommendations from the report will help to shape industry and education throughout the state.
In addition to her professional role, Sheppard serves on multiple boards committed to serving under-served or at-risk youth. She also serves through Junior Achievement as a mentor for high school girls.
“The key to my success is to enter all situations with kindness and empathy and to always do my best to support and promote those who surround me,” Sheppard said.