September 20, 2022
ST. LOUIS – Justin Raymundo, Director of Regional Workforce Strategy at BioSTL, has been selected into the seventh cohort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
“I am honored to join a network of leaders from around the country dedicated to driving education and workforce initiatives that fuel strong businesses, industries, and communities,” Raymundo said. “I am eager to work with partners across the St. Louis region to implement industry-responsive and industry-accountable talent development efforts that enhance our innovation ecosystem, address systemic inequities, and lead to quality employment for all St. Louisans.”
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce, said. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, Raymundo was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives, economic development professionals, and association leaders to participate. The six-month program, consisting of both in person and virtual meetings, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development.
Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of more than 250 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.
On September 20, 2022, Justin also was appointed by St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones to the City of St. Louis Workforce Development Board, Inc.