Tim Cook Named to President Trump's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the 25 members of the Trump administration's new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

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The advisory board's recommendations will help guide the National Council for the American Worker's efforts to establish a strategy to ensure that American students and workers have access to "affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy."

The board, co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, is expected to help address a "skills crisis" due to the rapidly increasing use of technology, automation, and artificial intelligence that is shaping many industries across the United States.

The full list of members:

  • Jay Box, President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

  • Walter Bumphus, President & CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

  • Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

  • Tom Donohue, CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Juanita Duggan, President & CEO, National Federation for Independent Business

  • Elizabeth Goettl, President & CEO, Cristo Rey Network

  • Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, & CEO, Lockheed Martin

  • Eric Holcomb, Governor, Indiana

  • Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA

  • Al Kelly, CEO, Visa

  • Vi Lyles, Mayor, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP America

  • Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building and Trades Unions

  • Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart

  • Craig Menear, Chairman, President, & CEO, Home Depot

  • Michael Piwowar, Executive Director, Milken Institute

  • Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

  • Kim Reynolds, Governor, Iowa

  • Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, & CEO, IBM

  • Scott Sanders, Executive Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies

  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management

  • Jay Timmons, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

  • Sheree Utash, President, WSU Tech

  • Marianne Wanamaker, Professor, University of Tennessee

President Trump established the National Council for the American Worker in July 2018 to "create and promote workforce development strategies that provide evidence-based, affordable education and skills-based training for youth and adults to prepare them for the jobs of today and of the future."

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Top Rated Comments

Pepe4life Avatar
69 months ago
In before the slew of anti-Tim-in-politics comments.

I see it only as good thing to have someone with Tim's experience and perspective on any board the Trump administration is managing.
Trump is doing a fine job on the economy. Can’t say the same about Cook and Apple though
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sidewinder3000 Avatar
69 months ago
Trump is doing a fine job on the economy. Can’t say the same about Cook and Apple though
It’s hard to imagine that such a short post could be so wrong.

Crediting Trump with the current economy is like giving a bluebird credit for spring. The economy was on the upswing when Trump took office, and it has continued its upward trend since then, as economy’s tend to do. Most of the heavy lifting was done during the previous administration. Economies work at a glacial pace. Trump is not the cause of our current economy, he is along for the ride. The impact of his policies will be felt in a few years. And considering that we now have the highest debt in our history, and that a crash of some sort is likely coming in the near future, his economic legacy will likely be similar to George W Bush’s.

And regarding Tim Cook, your assessment couldn’t be further from the truth. During his tenure, Apple has become the most profitable company in the history of American corporations. His economic performance has been nothing short of stellar.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FightTheFuture Avatar
69 months ago
Trump is doing a fine job on the economy. Can’t say the same about Cook and Apple though
Yeah that government shutdown really helped boost the GDP. Let’s have another.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mike Oxard Avatar
69 months ago
Tim really reminds me of Beaker from "The Muppets" in that photo.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lazyrighteye Avatar
69 months ago
In before the slew of anti-Tim-in-politics comments.

I see it only as good thing to have someone with Tim's experience and perspective on any board the Trump administration is managing.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BB8 Avatar
69 months ago
In before the slew of anti-Tim-in-politics comments.

I see it only as good thing to have someone with Tim's experience and perspective on any board the Trump administration is managing.
I mean, it's all a dog and pony show. Does anyone really think some board of extremely wealthy CEO's is going to do anything to improve conditions for American workers?

A list of names on an article and a fancy luncheon that probably cost more than some kid's college tuition. That's all these advisory committees ever seem to amount to.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)