Our CEO – John Flanagan

John Flanagan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CareerSource Tampa Bay. As CEO of the local workforce board he works closely with business, government, and educational entities to find workforce solutions for the more than 1.4 million Hillsborough County residents and businesses.

In the first year as CEO, he launched a youth summer jobs program, dubbed Summer Job Connection (SJC) which placed 560 youth into paid work experience positions with 90 Hillsborough County Employers.

In 2020, The SJC program pivoted to a virtual career exploration model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that service 496 youth ranging between the ages of 16-24 years old.  The program will be targeting 1,500 youth in 2021.

View the Summer Job Connection 2021 Launch Press Conference Here.

SJC Program 2021 Press Releases:

During the Covid -19 Pandemic, John worked with the Board of Directors and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to create the R3  – Rapid Response and Recovery Program, providing $11-12 million in training and direct placement opportunities to serve than 2,000 job seekers adversely impacted by Covid -19.

He serves Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s Workforce Advisory Committee as part of the T3 initiative and serves as a trustee on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.  John also sits on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and is a member of the Community Impact Committee of United Way Suncoast.

John is an active member of the National Association of Workforce Boards.

Prior to his role at CareerSource Tampa Bay, Mr. Flanagan was previously the Executive Director of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, a county with a population of approximately 630,000 people in the Philadelphia, Metropolitan Statistical area. He was a key player in regional initiatives with multiple Workforce Development Boards in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that provided integrated center operations and Career Pathway initiatives for a region of more than 6 million people.

John earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Administration from Gannon University. He has more than 14 years’ experience in workforce development, both within and outside of the public workforce system. He has held Director positions in Colorado, and in Northwest Pennsylvania as Director of Title I programs for a 6-county region.

Mr. Flanagan is happily married for more than 12 years to his wife, Emily. They have a young son, Jack. The family are avid outdoor enthusiasts.


2019 – 2020 Annual Report

Podcasts Interviews:

A Look Back at 2020 and Look Forward to 2021:

Listen Here.


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