Rebecca’s Bio

R4 Workforce is the new venture of Rebecca Kusner, a workforce development expert and strategist based in Northeast Ohio.

Over her 20 years of experience in workforce development, Rebecca has worked on projects that involved multiple community organizations, government and non-profits, and the business community. Before launching R4 in 2017, she was Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for New Growth Group, a workforce consulting firm based in Cleveland. Before New Growth, she led policy efforts and special projects for Towards Employment, staffed the Ohio Workforce Coalition, authored several workforce development reports, and ran workforce programs for WIRE-Net, a regional manufacturing association.

Rebecca has a strong focus on the intersection of programs and systems. She is an active member of the Ohio Workforce Coalition and the National Skills Coalition, where she serves on the Higher Education and Welfare-to-Career Advisory Panels. This year she joined the Board of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and the Strategic Functions Committee of her local workforce board. Rebecca has a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Urban Economic Development from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government and Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University.