U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo today appointed Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins to the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council’s Talent for Growth Task Force. The Task Force’s objective is to position the U.S. and European Union (EU) to build a well-trained workforce critical to maintaining transatlantic competitiveness in emerging and existing technologies.

“A competitive workforce is key to economic and national security, and it is the responsibility of leaders in industry, government and academia to work together to equip our communities with the necessary digital skills to compete in the 21st century. As a member of the Talent for Growth Task Force, Cisco looks forward to contributing our knowledge and expertise in global skills building. The decades of learnings from our Cisco Networking Academy, one of the longest standing IT skills-to-jobs programs in the world, will be instrumental in our work to reskill and upskill millions of Americans and Europeans.”
– Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO of Cisco

Cisco Networking Academy’s mission is to provide an equitable and inclusive workforce development program on a global scale. Founded in 1997, Cisco Networking Academy continues to be one of the longest-standing IT skills-to-jobs programs in the world. To date, over 17.5 million global learners have taken Cisco Networking Academy courses to gain digital skills. In October 2022, Cisco announced a new goal to provide digital and cybersecurity skills training to 25 million people over the next 10 years to position them for in-demand jobs.

The Talent for Growth Task Force is comprised of leaders from government, business, organized labor, and organizations that support training in the U.S. and the EU. Members will exchange information and prepare concrete and specific recommendations on how to expand talent development and training in the U.S. and the EU. The Task Force’s work is intended to advance public and private sector initiatives to improve transatlantic workforce development.


Jeff Campbell

Senior Vice President & Chief Government Strategy Officer

Government Affairs and Public Policy