We know that a supportive, positive environment is key to success. We help people to identify challenges in their job search and find ways to overcome them. For this reason, we hire staff who are compassionate, thoughtful and dedicated to the success of our job seekers.
Raya has been in workforce development for the past 20+ years, starting as a manager of a staffing agency, moving from there to recruiting in the biotech industry, then into work at local county government agencies specializing in the job placement of retrained workers. Presently, at Laney Community College, she is developing, implementing, and monitoring Laney Employment Services Center and industry engagement. Raya also hosts a weekly radio show, she is the lead vocalist and manager of the Tribal Blues Band and The Groove Objective. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Lynna Wong, Employment Center Coordinator, is a prime example of being able to reinvent oneself. Her career started in telecommunications as a data sales consultant working with business customers designing wide area data networks. After 20+ years, Lynna went on to pursue other interests by taking advantage of the Community College Certificate Programs in the Solar Sales & Design, and then into the Biomedical Engineering Technology program to work with medical devices. Lynna believes that the key to being successful in many industries is the ability to be flexible, utilize one’s transferable skills, and maintaining a positive attitude in believing that one can do anything they put their mind too.
Emmanuel has many years of experience in career coaching, workforce development, social impact, and DEIB leadership. He is skilled in relationship and account management, volunteer management, community organizing, business development, sales, marketing, and customer service. Here at Laney College, he works with students, alumni, and other college community members to develop job search plans, build foundation resumes and LinkedIn profiles, practice interviewing skills, provide job leads, and support introduction to employers.
Susie is a Professional Connector, Trainer, and Coach who has over 20 years experience in Workforce and Economic Development. Currently, Susie facilitates Job Search Meet-ups and workshops at the Peralta Community Colleges, One Stop Career Center in Alameda, as well as the Albany and Berkeley Libraries. She also has the pleasure of connecting her clients to the “right” people and resources in her vast network to help them move forward in their business, career or personal life.