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About Us

The Institute for Workforce Innovation is a nonprofit organization located in north central Florida for over 30 years. Our mission is to improve our communities’ quality of life through education, employment and advocacy.

For more than 30 years our primary focus has been helping people secure employment. We have a long history of collaborating with local, state, and federal partners to provide unique services to meet the growing needs of our community. Whether creating opportunity for people by building affordable housing, providing hunger relief, developing a career ladder, or through grassroots advocacy, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors.


Jonathan Leslie, Executive Director/CEO

Carrie Tam, Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Patanjo, Fiscal Analyst

Rachel Gillis, Director of Youth Services

Keira Simmonds, Director of Youth Development

Gwen Galloway, Youth Advocate

Joel Kissel, Construction Instructor


Lynn Janoski, Board President
Pure Energy Solar

Jonathan Rowe, Vice President

Kim Tesch-Vaught, Secretary
Berkshire Hathaway

Duncan Kabinu, Treasurer
Gainesville Dev Academy

Marilyn Sommerhoff, Director
Patience Accounting & Tax Service

Will Halvosa, Director
Gainesville Police Department