Talent Pipeline Manager
Kuliema Blueford brings over 27 years of experience in various facets of Workforce Development, programs, and non-profit management. Passionate about empowerment, creating opportunities, and leveling the playing field for the underprivileged; Kuliema began career with the Los Angeles Urban League’s Pasadena Foothill Branch. Instantly felt she had found her calling, rapidly mastering her position, and offering contributions in any way needed.
Kuliema’s commitment and strong work ethic facilitated her promotion to various positions within the Center. In 1997, she transferred to the newly launched West Adams-Baldwin Hills One-Stop Career Center. Her passion and commitment were recognized immediately and by 2006 Kuliema was promoted to Director where she was instrumental in developing and designing many policies, procedures, systems, and data collection methods for the Center many of which are utilized across the National Urban League’s employment and training programs. Serving in this capacity, she played a vital role in the construction and implementation of the Los Angeles Urban League’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs, strategic plans, best practice methods as well as various training programs for both Youth and Adults.
In 2008 Kuliema was given an opportunity to create and implement programs that address the specific needs of hard and underserved populations within the Los Angeles Urban League’s Neighborhoods@Work place-based neighborhood change initiative. Kuliema’s role expanded in 2011 to Deputy Neighborhood Officer, Workforce and Economic Development, which provided leadership to the Los Angeles Urban League’s three publicly funded WorkSource and OneSource youth and adult employment centers, Entrepreneurship Center and other youth and adult Los Angeles Urban League workforce development programs. Recent programs created under her leadership include the Adult Employment Service for Neighborhoods@Work, Career Development Institute, Emerging Leaders Academy, Construction Careers program and the Entrepreneurship Center.
Kuliema’s work as a coalition builder has led to the successful creation of partnerships and the congregation of resources to provide services and opportunities for job seekers and individuals seeking economic self-sufficiency. As a servant to the community, she serves on numerous advisory committees, councils, and boards. She holds memberships to the California Workforce Association (CWA), the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). She also sat on the Stakeholders Board representing workforce development efforts for the Los Angeles Mid City Recovery Project. Other projects in which she was involved were City of Los Angeles’ 8th and 10th Council Districts gang aversion and Day Labor Programs and LAPD’s Recruitment Advisory Committee.
In 2014 Kuliema branched out on her own and launched Cornerstone Consulting & Development Group which is a strategic and organizational development firm that provides program development & design, strategic planning, capacity building, and other services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.