Human Resources Professional, Ph.D., SHRM-CP, Jackson, MS
Gloria Cross Mwase’s work centers on helping lower-skilled adults advance to family-sustaining careers, while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. Gloria provides strategic advice and support to the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MIBEST) initiative, which helps lower-skilled adults obtain a high school credential while earning a postsecondary or industry-based credential with strong value in the labor market. Gloria also leads planning and implementation activities for the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP), a project to expand Registered Apprenticeships across the state in key industry sectors through education, technical assistance consultation, and business incentives. She brings over a decade of experience managing projects in the nonprofit sector, and has led multiple regional initiatives and sector-based partnerships to create and advance a competitive workforce. Gloria has taught at Cambridge College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She earned a B.A. in economics from Tougaloo College and both an M.S and Ph.D in public policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.