Kerri Gatling

Kerri Gatling

Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019-2020, Economic Opportunities Program

Chief, New Jersey Industry Partnerships, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Trenton, New Jersey

Kerri H. Gatling’s public service career spans more than 20 years with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. During that time, she has had the opportunity to serve New Jersey businesses, organizations, workers and residents in an array of roles that drive the workforce mission of the department. Currently, as Chief of New Jersey’s Industry Partnerships, Kerri oversees the department’s sector-based strategy and is responsible for building successful public-private partnerships with businesses in the state’s key industries. Previously, Kerri served as the public information officer for the department where she oversaw the Communications Office and worked to develop media strategies and key message platforms to promote the department’s programs and initiatives. Kerri earned a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kerri Gatling is a member of the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019-2020, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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