Coulter names first Oakland80 administrator

Oakland County has hired Rana Al-Igoe to be its first Oakland80 administrator. County Executive Dave Coulter announced the Oakland80 workforce development initiative in his 2020 State of the County speech with the goal of 80 percent of Oakland County residents attaining a post-secondary certification or degree by 2030.

“Rana’s 20 years of commitment to getting job seekers the skills they need and connecting them with employers in Southeast Michigan will be a boost to meeting the lofty goals of our Oakland80 initiative,” Coulter said. “The Oakland County advantage is our skilled and educated workforce and we are going to build on this strength to secure our economic future.”

Al-Igoe will develop a strategy to implement the objectives, performance measures, project management, and annual budget requests for Oakland80 activities and goals. She also will convene and collaborate with workforce development leaders, post-secondary and K-12 educators, businesses, and other community partners to support the Oakland80 initiative.

Before joining Oakland County, Al-Igoe was the workforce programs manager at Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) working with staff and contractors to provide talent services to job seekers and business services to employers. She began her workforce development career in March of 2002 with Washtenaw County as an administrative specialist, rising to workforce development policy and operations officer, a role she held from July of 2012 to May of 2015. In between her roles at Washtenaw County and SEMCA, she served as senior project manager then director of work-based initiatives at Workforce Intelligence Network.

Al-Igoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. She also has taken graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Born in Jordan, she grew up in Ann Arbor where she graduated from Pioneer High School while dually enrolled at EMU.

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