Congratulations to OWD staffperson Ann Wong for receiving the PIC Achiever Award from the Boston Private Industry Council this week. She was nominated for the award by colleagues from several agencies.

Ann Wong is a familiar face to many in Boston’s public workforce development system. She worked for the Chinese Progressive Association for 15 years and then as a career specialist at Boston Career Link, one of Boston’s two comprehensive career centers, for 2 years. In 2012, Ann became the Program Coordinator for Adult Literacy and Special Projects at the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD); she has worked for the office for 14 years.

In her current position, Ann coordinates the Boston Adult Literacy Initiative, a consortium of 29 Boston Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs that provide English language and high school equivalency services to over 3,000 adult students each year. The initiative, a partnership with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, develops policy and best practices for ABE providers. In her leadership role, Ann successfully advocated for a dedicated staff position to help ABE customers navigate the career center system.

Congratulations, Ann!