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Melanie Hoben

Director, Workforce

Department: Staff

Melanie brings more than 20 years of economic and business development experience to AdvanceCT, having served as the Director of Workforce Development at Goodwin University.

She began working at the Governor’s Office and worked for the state government for 21 years. She has held leadership roles at the Connecticut Development Authority and was instrumental in effectuating passage of legislation regarding the Tax Incremental Finance program. In 2017 she joined Goodwin to utilize her statewide networks and help train the manufacturing incumbent workforce. Her job was to liaise with University Relations, the Grants Management team, external business and community partners on workforce development. In addition, she served as project manager of a $2M U.S. Department of Labor grant, which provided funding for manufacturers to upskill their incumbent workforce. She successfully led the charge in training 1,000 participants.

She serves on the ManufactureCT Workforce Committee, and other workforce organizations throughout the state. These organizations provide excellent opportunities for women to expand their local network, build valuable business relationships and enjoy industry-related programming.

Ms. Hoben received a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Goodwin University in 2021.