Welcome to Commonwealth Corporation!  Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public workforce development agency that strengthens the skills of Massachusetts youth and adults by investing in innovative partnerships with industry, education and workforce organizations.

Our primary goals are:

  • to build regional industry training partnerships that prepare youth and unemployed workers for jobs in demand that lead to higher rates of employment;
  • to upgrade the skills of underemployed workers to meet specific employer skill demands leading to job retention, upgrades and wage gains, and;
  • to increase the share of youth engaged in education and employment pathways preparing them for post-secondary education and careers.

Commonwealth Corporation’s goal is to extend Massachusetts’ leadership in education and training, and its overall prosperity, by ensuring that all people benefit from our economy.  We invite you to peruse our website to learn more.

Governor’s Commission on Digital Innovation and LifeLong Learning

Governor Charlie Baker has designated Commonwealth Corporation to organize and lead his new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning.  Launching in April 2018 and working through the fall, the Commission will examine the implications of accelerating technology on the nature of work, the future of jobs in Massachusetts, and what effective postsecondary education and training looks like in the 21st century.  The Commission will recommend new, digitally-enabled steps to dramatically increase the availability of affordable, flexible, employer-relevant learning for Massachusetts residents throughout their lives.

The Commission is comprised of executives from some of Massachusetts’ largest companies, college and university presidents, community and workforce system leaders, innovators in digital learning, and leading scholars of learning science, organizations, and the future of education and work.  It is supported by a project team at Commonwealth Corporation and a team affiliated with Harvard Business School and its Forum for Growth and Innovation.

Click here for more on the Commission’s work and a list of members.


At Commonwealth Corporation, we come prepared every day to support workers and businesses across the Commonwealth. We value accountability, impact, learning and personal growth, partnership, respect, social justice and equity, teamwork, and work-life balance. Are these values important to you? You might be the right fit for our team.

To apply for a currently available position(s), please send your cover letter and resume to HrApplicant@commcorp.org. In your cover letter, please indicate how you learned of the position (LinkedIn, Commonwealth Corporation employee, Commonwealth Corporation website, etc.).

Financial Statements

The audited financial statements include an unmodified opinion and represent accurately the fiscal year activity of Commonwealth Corporation.

Financial Statements June 30, 2019

Financial Statements June 30, 2018

Financial Statements June 30, 2017

Financial Statements June 30, 2016

Financial Statements June 30, 2015

Financial Statements June 30, 2014

Senior Leadership Team

Click the orange circle for biographies.

Theresa serves as Vice President of Sector Strategies, overseeing investments and strategies made to support business driven and sector based workforce development needs. Theresa has more than 13 years of experience managing sector strategies.

Prior to this, Theresa served as the Director of Sector Strategies at Commonwealth Corporation, leading training and employment grant programs that serve unemployed individuals, including the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, and overseeing a variety of incumbent worker training programs, including the Workforce Training Fund Express Program and Small Business Direct Access Program.

Theresa holds a B.S. in both Health Planning Management and Business Administration from Alfred University.

Susan serves as the Vice President of the Youth Pathways division at Commonwealth Corporation. Susan has spent the last eight years advancing the state’s youth employment and career pathways programs, which provide thousands of young people with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options.

Prior to her work at CommCorp, Susan led Youth Opportunity (YO) Boston (now Youth Options Unlimited) for more than 10 years, a national demonstration project and workforce development program for adjudicated youth. While there, she developed YO’s Transitional Employment Program which was recognized as a Best Practices model by the US Department of Labor.

She holds a Master’s degree in Education from UMass Boston and a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.

Karla is the Chief Financial Officer at Commonwealth Corporation.  She started her career in public accounting as an auditor and then moved to the private sector in 2002.  For many years she was an active member of various nonprofits in the Boston area, including Zumix in East Boston, Las Comadres Para las Americas and the MFA’s Catalyst group.  Karla transitioned to mission driven work in 2011.  Prior to Commonwealth Corporation, Karla worked as Director of Finance for Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury and then as Chief Financial Officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in the South End.

Karla holds an Executive MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bentley University. Born and raised in Guayaquil – Ecuador, Karla moved to the United States as a high school student and currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

Chris is the Director of Human Resources at Commonwealth Corporation. Chris began his human resources career in 2001 at the MA Department of Mental Health with the Workers’ Compensation Litigation Unit. Since 2003, Chris held increasingly responsible managerial positions within the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EHS) including: Workers’ Compensation Manager with oversight responsibility for three EHS agencies; Diversity Officer for the Department of Veterans’ Services, the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home and the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home; and served as Human Resources Manager at the Massachusetts Hospital School. Chris received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University.


Click the orange circle to reveal a full list of our staff.

Employee Name Program Department Email
Charline Alexandre-Joseph DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Mohamed Ali Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Jennifer Applebaum Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Anthony Britt Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Sector Strategies
Jeremy Brodeur Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Tara Brophy Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Kayla Brown Communications
Kimberly Bryson Finance
Patricia A. Caron Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Andre Channer Information Tech
Cheryl Coss Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Daniel DeMaina Communications Communications
Robert Duncan Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Allen Fowler Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Davina Frye-Winstone DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Sanson Fung Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Alexis Girhiny DYS Initiative YouthWorks
Janel Granum Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Ben Gross Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Angela Holley Sector Strategies
Karla Jaramillo Finance
Karon L. Johnson Finance
Tatiana Joyce Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Sector Strategies
Susan Lange Youth Pathways
Zhenchao Liu Finance
Thomas McGee Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Patience Misner DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Danielle Niedzwiecki DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Eilish M. O’Brien Finance
Kristen ONeil Rayne Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Celia Overby Exclusive Tees Youth Pathways
Nate Pally Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Jessica Parent Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Kara Peterson DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Zachary Rich Safe & Successful Youth Initiative Youth Pathways
Theresa Rowland Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund
Workforce Training Fund
Sector Strategies
Manuel Sequeria Safe & Successful Youth Initiative Youth Pathways
Karen J. Shack Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Sector Strategies
Chris Shipps HR
Magda Spasiano DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Ivy Sweeting DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Erline Tanice Finance
Dawn M. Wakelin Youth Pathways
Briana Wales DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Rita Wang Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Kyle Whelan DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Gene White Sector Strategies
Helen Witherspoon Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies