Deputy Secretary for the Future of Work, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
Abby Snay joined the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency in January 2020 as Deputy Secretary for the Future of Work. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of over 5 million jobs in California, she has focused on developing employment opportunities for laid-off workers through the expansion of essential public services in the state as well as private sector partnerships. Through close collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Services, she is working on a plan to expand contact tracing in the state by recruiting, training and employing laid-off workers from the hospitality, restaurant, retail, and other service sectors.
Before joining the Labor Agency, Snay served as CEO of Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco for over 35 years, building that organization from a $300,000 budget to over $13 million. Under her leadership, JVS built training and employment programs to help workers with barriers to employment build competitive skills and get jobs with family-sustaining wages. JVS programs in health care, water utilities, financial services, and youth employment have received national recognition for their innovation and impact. Snay also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Skills Coalition.