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This profile was last updated on 1/4/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. William A. Clay

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Employment History


  • BS degree , Arts
    University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee
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Workforce Enterprise - Workforce News, 4 Jan 2006 [cached]
Clay to help forge job-training alliances -JSOnline (2/26/07) Milwaukee Area Technical College has hired former Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee executive Bill Clay as its new economic development manager.
Clay, who started in the position Monday at MATC, will work to create more job-training partnerships like those developed recently for Tramont Corp. and Bucyrus International Inc. to fill the gap between skill shortages and employer needs.
Opportunities Industrialization Center, 9 Jan 2004 [cached]
From left to right: Cordelia Ekwueme, J. Allen Stokes, Carl A. Gee, Michael Faucett, William A. Clay, Georgia M. Cameron
Mr. William A. Clay is Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.He holds a BS degree in Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.He oversees all administrative functions at OIC-GM and has over 35 years of work experience in human service management.Mr. Clay has been instrumental in the development of numerous programs focused on providing opportunities to promote self-sufficiency.For the past ten years, Mr. Clay has worked extensively on Wisconsin's Welfare Reform Initiative.He currently serves on the Energy Center of Wisconsin Committee, the Inner City Arts Council, the African World festival and the Public Service Commission.
JS Online: Top pay at W-2 agencies jumps, 15 Mar 2003 [cached]
Pay for William Clay, chief operating officer at Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee, climbed 106% from $85,637 in 1996 to $176,140 in 2002.
Clay says his salary is justified.
"This is a capitalist society.These are businesses, and we are a not-for-profit that also operates some profitable ventures," he said."Nothing in my salary takes a piece of bread out of one poor person's mouth."
Clay says his organization is involved in 42 different programs, only a few of which are related to W-2.Not all salaries are paid out of W-2 money, he said.About $44,000 of his 2001 salary of $176,140 came from the W-2 contract, he said.None of the $205,146 paid to Clay's boss, Carl Gee, president of OIC-GM, was related to W-2, Clay said.
Running the W-2 program is hard work, Clay said.
"I work hard at my job, and anyone who begrudges me should know that my mother cleaned houses and my grandfather was a sharecropper."
JS Online: W-2 failing to lift clients, study finds, 29 Sept 2003 [cached]
William Clay, executive vice president of OIC, said the study findings were not surprising.W-2 was created as a program to put welfare recipients to work, not necessarily to pull them out of poverty, he said.
"This outcry to get people off welfare was one of the motivating forces" behind creation of W-2, Clay said.The program has never had the money for a full array of education and self-improvement training that might help more W-2 clients become self-sufficient, he said.
JS Online: Former welfare execs' pay total in millions [cached]
In 1997-2003, Gee got $1.75 million, Clay $1.35 million
Salary, and benefits, paid former chief operating officer Bill Clay during the same period
One-time payments from OIC in 1997 to Gee and Clay, respectively, for their retirement accounts.
State figures show Carl Gee, OIC's former chief executive, and Bill Clay, the agency's chief operating officer, each reaped well more than $1 million in salary, bonuses and benefits from 1997 through 2003.
Gee was paid $1.75 million during the period, while Clay got $1.35 million, according to a report prepared by the Legislative Audit Bureau.The Wisconsin Works welfare reform program, which is funded mainly by a federal grant, provided about $2.3 million of the overall $3.1 million paid to Gee and Clay.
Clay was fired by OIC in August after he cooperated with federal prosecutors in connection with a kickback scheme that funneled W-2 money to former state Sen.
Gee, 63, and Clay, 58, didn't return phone calls.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel last year, Clay said, "Nothing in my salary takes a piece of bread out of one poor person's mouth."
Gee got $250,537 and Clay got $45,867.
That money came from $3 million in no-strings-attached profits the state paid OIC based on it early program performance.The state dangled the prospect of such profits as a way of luring firms leery about the financial risks to bid for a piece of the new reform program.
In addition, Gee received $107,530 and Clay got $78,850 in bonuses paid in 1998-2001.No bonuses were paid in other years.
Fringe benefits for Gee totaled $188,525 and for Clay came to $172,601 during the seven-year period.
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