Ross Turpeau Hired as VP of Workforce Connection

Cincinnati Works is excited to announce that Dr. DeWolfe Ross Turpeau III has been hired as the new Vice President and General Manager of Workforce Connection, where he will help local employers maximize the talent in their frontline workforce and create opportunities for career and financial growth.

Dr. Turpeau has more than 25 years of leadership experience in education, sales, marketing, human resources, operations management, strategic planning and customer service. He comes to Cincinnati Works from Cincinnati Public Schools, where he served as a principal, HR manager, and most recently as Director of Talent Acquisition and Staffing for the district.

“I’m so excited to join Cincinnati Works and build on the incredible work that is already impacting employers across the tri-state area,” Dr. Turpeau said. “I am also thrilled to join our new CEO, Tianay Amat, in her vision and commitment to eliminating barriers to successful employment and helping others realize that a job is just the beginning.”

Amat joined Cincinnati Works in May after 10 years at Cincinnati Public Schools. Dr. Turpeau is the first hire of her tenure, and he joins a leadership team with a diverse set of experiences in education, non-profit and for-profit organizations. He replaces Matt Mooney, who has been with Cincinnati Works since 2019 in what was then a new role of VP of Workforce Connection; Mooney is leaving Cincinnati Works for an opportunity out of state.

Dr. Turpeau brings a long history of mission-driven work to the role. In addition to his experience with CPS, he served in leadership roles with PNC Bank, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the University of Cincinnati. He earned bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from UC, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration on human resources management from Capella University.

“Dr. Turpeau is passionate about establishing a culture of growth and support, and he will be an asset for our employer partners and Members alike,” Amat said. “We know our on-site career and financial coaching are valuable tools for improving job stability and economic mobility, and Dr. Turpeau will collaborate skillfully with local employers to have a great impact.”

As Vice President of Workforce Connection, Dr. Turpeau will lead a team of 12 staff members who work closely with local employers to strengthen their frontline workforce, including eight coaches who work on-site with frontline employees.