Annie Izod serves as the Executive Director of the NCWorks Commission. The commission oversees the state’s workforce development system, recommends policy, and advises the governor, General Assembly, state and local agencies, and businesses on how to strengthen the state’s workforce. In her role as executive director, Izod provides strategic leadership on complex workforce development issues, and leads the research efforts, program evaluations, and strategic and policy analyses related to workforce and economic development in North Carolina.
Izod has over 10 years of experience in public policy analysis, program evaluation, and qualitative and quantitative research through her previous employment at the US Government Accountability Office, Duke University and NC State University. She is a PhD candidate in Public Administration at NC State University where her research focus is on measuring the performance of networked organizations that work together to deliver public services and the qualities that lead to the success of North Carolina’s workforce development boards. Annie holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech.