Annie Izod is the Executive Director of the NCWorks Commission. The Commission is designated as the state’s Workforce Development Board under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Led by a private sector chair, the 37-member Commission includes representatives from the business community, heads of state workforce agencies, educators, and community leaders. All members are appointed by the Governor.

In her current role, she leads the research efforts, program evaluations, and strategic and policy analyses related to workforce and economic development in North Carolina. She has served as Executive Director since 2019 and was staff to the commission from 2016 to 2019, where she led committee work in performance, business engagement, and governance and system alignment.

Prior to her role at the NCWorks Commission, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. where she worked on program evaluations related to education, workforce, and homeland security, among others. She also worked as a policy analyst at the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and has taught courses on American politics, democracy, and public administration at NC State University.

A native of New Jersey, she holds a M.P.A. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from NC State University, and a dual B.A. in English and Political Science from Virginia Tech.