Brent Orrell has more than 20 years of experience working in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government in a variety of policy areas, including workforce and talent development, prisoner re-entry, faith-based and community initiatives, refugee resettlement, welfare, human services, child welfare, and emergency preparedness and response.
Mr. Orrell provides strategic direction and management to a portfolio of welfare and human services initiatives, including projects providing support to government and nonprofit organizations working in the fields of healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood (HMRF) education. He also oversees contracts providing research and support to the U.S. federal government, including the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse and the Assets for Independence Comprehensive Support projects. Mr. Orrell also helps lead an effort to foster collaboration between human services and workforce development and job training programs.
Previously, Mr. Orrell was nominated by the President to serve as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), where he oversaw the $10 billion Workforce Investment Act (WIA), including trade adjustment assistance, discretionary and formula grant funding, youth employment and development, unemployment insurance, and foreign labor certification.