Swanson: “Gay Plair Cobb does the job for Oakland”

Gay Plair Cobb, chief executive officer of Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), receives a state proclamation from Assemblyman Sandré Swanson.

Gay Plair Cobb, chief executive officer of Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), has received a state proclamation from Assemblyman Sandré Swanson honoring her path-breaking efforts to create jobs and job training programs,  which have led to opportunities for thousands of people. The proclamation, which was presented  at a Workforce Investment Board meeting at Oakland City Hall, recognized Cobb as an active promoter  of women´s and workers’ rights. She served as  Swanson’s representative on the California Workforce Investment Board from 2007 to 2012. “(She) has been instrumental in establishing PIC’s community service programs that have received national recognition for their innovative approach to providing job training for those most in need,” the proclamation said. Cobb, who graduated from Queens College, City University of New York and received a Master of Social Work degree from UC Berkeley, served as Western Regional Administrator for the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor and was a member for 24 years of the Alameda County Board of Education.
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