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The mission of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is to connect communities and improve the lives of all generations in Los Angeles County. We achieve our mission through effective, partnership-driven services and initiatives that:
- Connect individuals to careers and employers to a skilled workforce
- Ensure the well-being of older and dependent adults in the community
- Resolve conflict and improve human relations in our diverse County
Cynthia D. Banks
Cynthia Banks joined WDACS in 2003 as Chief Deputy and was appointed Director in 2006 by the Board of Supervisors. She oversees the Area Agency on Aging, Adult Protective Services, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and community-based programs. In her role as Director, she is responsible for the delivery of many services to the citizens of Los Angeles County, including employment and training, quality of life programs for older and disabled adults, and the Human Relations Commission. She is the vice chair of California’s Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and is a frequent speaker on workforce and aging issues nationally.
Otto Solórzano has been with Los Angeles County over 20 years. Previously he worked for the Chief Executive Office as a budget analyst. He has also served as Budget Director as well as Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Public Social Services. In 2005, he was appointed Assistant Director for WDACS Administrative Services. In 2006, he was appointed to his current position as Chief Deputy Director. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Department. Otto has extensive knowledge and experience in budget policy, accounting, and financial management. He is dedicated to creating a more efficient and effective departmental structure to support County services to the community. Otto has been instrumental in modeling and supporting a culture of staff development, team building, mentoring, strategic planning and decision making. Otto has an MPA in Public Financial Management from New York University, an MA in Communications from Wheaton College and a BA in Philosophy from Asbury University.