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Johnson-Noem named director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

Tara Johnson-Noem has been named director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

She will assume the post when long-standing NKWIB Director Barbara Stewart retires in December. 


Most recently, Johnson-Noem served as Director of Government Relations for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the sixth largest United Way in the United States. In this role, she regularly convened business and community advocates with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels on issues key to United Way’s goal to help people move on a path out of poverty. 

From 2004-2007, she served as Public Administration Specialist for NKADD, and she looks forward to rejoining the organization. 

Johnson-Noem said she is excited to be working to address the region’s workforce challenges in this new capacity.

“Our region’s economy is strong and thanks to our county Judges Executive, the Workforce Investment Board members, dedicated partners and staff, much progress has been made,” she said. “But we still have work to do to connect people who are unemployed or under-employed with jobs where they can be ready with the necessary skills. I’m honored to be carrying on this critical work as I transition into the role.”

Johnson-Noem has also combined communication and convening skills with technical expertise to support the community and economic development of Northern Kentucky in roles at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Vision 2015, Ashland Inc., and the Catalytic Fund. 

“Tara Johnson-Noem is a valuable addition to the Northern Kentucky workforce community,” said Boone County Judge/executive Gary Moore. “Her experience with strategic planning, workforce development and career planning will ensure the continuation of the great work currently being done by the Workforce Investment Board, as well as developing a comprehensive vision for the future of the region.”


The Northern Kentucky Area Development District is one of 15 multi-county planning and development organizations that comprise a statewide network. The NKADD works to foster regional strategies, solutions, and partnerships that achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of the region.

The NKWIB Director also serves as NKADD’s Associate Director of Workforce Development, which requires strategic implementation of NKWIB policies and directives, overseeing multiple grant programs, coordination with multiple stakeholders, and management of an annual budget of $3.3 million in federal funds for workforce system development.

“The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board drives innovative workforce development that meets the changing needs of employers and our labor force. As a High Impact Board, we have been successful in enhancing economic development for our region. Under the direction and vision of the new NKWIB Director, Tara Johnson-Noem, we look forward to continuing our success with meeting the workforce needs in our region,” said Dana Dobbs, NKWIB Chair 

Johnson-Noem earned a Master’s of Community Planning from University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s degree from Centre College. She lives with her husband and three children in Fort Mitchell. 

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