Steve Partridge is vice president of Strategy, Research and Workforce Innovation at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). In his role he leads the NOVA’s corporate and workforce engagement, marketing and communication team, career services, grant development, event services and institutional research.
Since joining NOVA in 2016, Partridge has led collaboration between the College and community—across business, government, education and nonprofit organizations—to enhance NOVA’s position as a critical partner. Under Partridge’s leadership, the Workforce division has implemented labor market intelligence capabilities, led the Tech Talent Pipeline Initiative, launched a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program with employers including Amazon Web Services, and built employer relationships to address regional talent demands.
Partridge has testified before Congress and the U.S. Senate regarding the national skills gap and regularly consults with Congressional and Administration staff on workforce issues.
Prior to joining NOVA, Partridge served as president & CEO of Charlotte Works, the workforce development board for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, N.C. He also held executive positions at the Charlotte (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Commerce.
He holds a master's degree in public administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona. He and his wife, Susanne, are the proud parents of three boys.