Bob Lanter
Workforce Development Professional Instructor


Bob Lanter, executive director of the California Workforce Association (CWA), is co-creator of CCE’s Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program. He teaches professional skills - specifically the practical know-how on forming strategic alliances with employers, labor, industry and education.

Bob has spent two decades in the public and nonprofit sectors and has extensive experience in workforce development and job training. As head of CWA, he represents California Workforce Investment Boards, which are responsible for tackling broad-based workforce issues in their local communities and delivering solutions and services through a network of One-Stop Career Centers.

He has held various positions in local workforce investment systems, from case manager to the executive director of the Contra Costa County Workforce Board. He also worked in employment and training for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward and a minor in personnel administration, and he is a certified facilitator in group facilitation methods from the Grove Institute in San Francisco.