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Matt Cornett

Director, Initiatives

As director of initiatives at CAEL, Matt Cornett engages directly with workforce and economic development clients to help improve learning and career opportunities for adults. An expert in workforce development issues at the local, regional, and state levels, Cornett also has deep experience in career pathways, credentialing, economic development, and data analysis. 

Cornett previously served as workforce programs manager at the ADWorks! workforce development board in the Denver metro area, where he oversaw social investment and opportunity programs that generated more than $40 million in economic activity for the region. While Cornett operated training and development programs largely focused on adult populations, he led the development of best-in-class apprenticeship programs, internship, and work-based training models. Prior to that role, Cornett was a regional liaison and project manager at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, where he developed technical assistance and program guidance increasing the effectiveness of local workforce development boards. He also served as an analyst with the U.S. Department of State. 

In addition to his service in the U.S. Army, Cornett has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment for developing and implementing the top-performing disaster recovery program in the western U.S. and one of the best programs nationally for social enterprises and social impact networks by growing their capabilities through employment opportunities in affected populations. In his spare time, Cornett is an advocate for veterans issues and an active participant in the Veterans Mentorship Program at American Corporate Partners (ACP-USA), and he enjoys fitness and sports. 

Cornett holds a bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science and an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.


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