Broderick Johnson And Robert Doar Join Path Forward Coalition To Advise On Workforce Challenges And Opportunities

Former Obama and Bloomberg Administration officials to advise service industry coalition


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Path Forward Coalition announced that former Obama Administration official Broderick Johnson and former Bloomberg Administration official Robert Doar will be serving the organization as senior advisors.


Path Forward is a joint project of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) that focuses on raising awareness about the important role the service industry plays in strengthening our workforce by empowering millions of people so they have the tools, benefits and skills they need to learn, grow and build lifelong careers.


Broderick Johnson is currently a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. He was formerly Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. He was also chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Robert Doar is the former Commissioner of Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and currently serves as the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.


“Creating opportunities and reducing barriers to employment are critical to the future of our nation’s youth,” said Broderick Johnson. “I have been fortunate to take on these issues under the leadership of President Obama, and I look forward to bringing my perspectives and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition. Millions of young people get their first jobs in the service industry, and that industry therefore plays a critical role in creating pathways for developing lifelong job skills.”


“Through my work in New York, I have seen firsthand the benefits that come with connecting individuals to employment and efforts to help them remain in the workforce,” said Robert Doar. “The service industry not only provides millions of jobs as our nation’s largest private sector employer, it also invests in training and skill development, educational support and certification programs to help workers grow and succeed. Restaurants and retail businesses are essential partners in strengthening our nation’s workforce and offering people of all backgrounds with a place to start and establish careers.”


“We welcome Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar to the Path Forward Coalition and the experience, expertise, and new perspectives they will bring to its ongoing work,” said NRF Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Bill Thorne. “We are proud of the work and advancement opportunities retailers create for millions of Americans in communities large and small. The NRF looks forward to helping others better understand the value of the jobs we provide, as well as the new types of skill development and training programs our industry is leading to prepare workers for tomorrow.”


“Through their commitment to provide opportunities to build a stronger workforce, Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar bring deep and unique experiences to the Path Forward Coalition,” said NRA Senior Vice President of Communications Steve Danon. “We are fortunate they will be helping to lead a broader discussion about the value of restaurant jobs and the many ways in which individuals can learn, grow, and succeed in a diverse range of career pathways in the service industry.”

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