Our Team

The Tampa Bay Works team brings valuable professional experience to the coordination and management of our regional workforce efforts.
Peg Walton

Executive Director

813.872.2808 • pwalton@tampabay.org

Peg Walton joined the Tampa Bay Partnership in 2019, as Executive Director of Tampa Bay Works, bringing to the role more than two decades of professional experience in workforce and talent development.

Walton previously served as Director of the National Center for the American Workforce at the National Association of Manufactures. As Senior Director of Workforce Readiness at Corporate Voices for Working Families, she published research and documentation of scalable, business-led “Learn and Earn” partnerships: A Talent Development Solution: Exploring Business Drivers and Returns in Learn and Earn Partnerships.

Most recently Walton directed the BACK TO WORK 50+ initiative as a consultant to the American Association of
Community Colleges and served as the State Technical Assistant Coach with Maher & Maher in support of the US Department of Labor’s State Apprenticeship Expansion grant in three states, Arkansas, Florida and Minnesota. Walton lives in Clearwater with her husband, Andy.

Courtney McDonnell

Program Coordinator

813.872.2813 • cmcdonnell@tampabay.org

Courtney McDonnell joined the Tampa Bay Partnership in April 2018. As the Program Coordinator, she handles meeting and event coordination for the Partnership as well as support for the Partnership’s advocacy and workforce efforts.

McDonnell brings experience in community and political outreach to the role, most recently serving as Political & Finance Director for Castor for Congress, where she worked to re-elect Congresswoman Kathy Castor in Florida’s 14th Congressional District during the 2016 election cycle.

She previously served as Legislative Correspondent and Staff Assistant in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Castor, handling a legislative portfolio including the issues of Education, Trade, and Science and Technology, as well as overseeing the office legislative correspondence program. Her previous experience includes positions with the Office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Representative Loranne Ausley.

McDonnell has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She has lived in Tampa with her husband, Tommy, since 2015.

Joe Quick

Senior Consultant, Maher & Maher

517.290.8610 • jquick@mahernet.com

Joe Quick is a consultant with a background in workforce development, economic development, and government and non-profit association leadership. With clients at the state and federal level, Joe provides expertise in demand-driven workforce strategies, talent pipeline approaches, business solutions design and delivery, interagency and multi-partner collaboration, work-based learning strategies, talent systems design, occupational licensing, and training design and delivery. Joe serves as a faculty member and practitioner of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management™ approach, and consults with teams in both Michigan and Tampa Bay, Florida to launch and maintain TPM host collaboratives.

Prior to national consulting work, Joe served in leadership roles at the Michigan Works! Association, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Talent Investment Agency, where he led business-focused, demand-driven solutions to talent development and acquisition; training design and delivery for workforce boards and entities; several talent attraction and retention programs and campaigns; and built the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website and system. He is also an instructor of Michigan’s Business Solutions Professional Training and Certification Program, which is soon to be rolled out in additional states.

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