Daniel Villao, Vice Chairman
U.S. Dept of Labor
Mr. Villao is the Deputy Administrator for the United States Office of Apprenticeship. He oversees the policy and
expansion efforts of the National Apprenticeship system and is tasked with leading these efforts across the US and
its Territories. Mr. Villao is leading the teams charged with the expansion of Apprenticeship into new sectors
working with major employers across the country to help equip their workforce development practices, adapt the
national system to meet evolving industry needs, and generate access to family transforming careers. Under his
leadership the office of Apprenticeship is modernizing its approach to workforce development, updating how
technology supports the American worker’s access to quality careers and creating inroads for businesses of all sizes
to add a competitive edge by having access to the highly trained technically capable workers they need.
Mr. Villao previously served as Managing Director of Intelligent Partnerships, Inc. a firm focused on client
improvement through strategic planning, Labor NavigationTM and Diversity DesignTM in the public and private
sector. Mr. Villao’s extensive background in key stakeholder management, market capture/realignment and value
oriented workforce design contributed to shaping a robust, innovative company. His work is recognized for its
relevance and innovative modeling by industry leaders as well as municipal, state and national organizations.
Mr. Villao’s work has influenced policy and practice surrounding the impact of spending on small business,
procurement development and disenfranchised worker access. Mr. Villao is also the lead author of “Beyond Green
Jobs; Building Opportunity in Energy Efficiency” (UCLA Press, 2012), which has been recognized nationally.
As a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA)
he advocates to enhance opportunities for Latino’s to gain access to university and professional networks and has
played a pivotal role in the organizations evolution into the largest Latino professional and student business
membership non-profit organization in the nation.