New Director Named at Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board named Tara Johnson-Noem as its new director on Wednesday.

She takes over for Barbara Stewart who retires in December.

Johnson-Noem was most recently the director of government relations for United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

From 2004-2007, she served as Public Administration Specialist for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, which operates the workforce investment board. 

“I’m excited to be working to address our region’s workforce challenges in this new capacity," Johnson-Noem said in a news release. "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. 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 worked for 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. 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,” Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore said in a news release. 

“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, Shane Noem, and three children in Fort Mitchell. 

-Staff report