About the Council

The Governor's Workforce Development Council works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's greatest asset — its workforce.


Made up of leaders from business, education, labor, community organizations, and state and local governments, the GWDC forges practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state.


The Council ensures employers play an active role in improving education and training programs, and provides a venue for the workforce stakeholders to build a shared vision and strategic alliances.

The GWDC is Minnesota’s state Workforce Investment Board, mandated by Section 111 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and further defined by Minnesota Statutes §166L.665. The GWDC By-Laws provide additional guidance to Council's activities.

Our Vision

Minnesota’s public, private and community resources are strategically aligned to competitively position our citizens and businesses for increased and sustained economic prosperity.


Our Mission

The GWDC’s mission is to analyze and recommend workforce development policies to the governor and legislature toward talent development, resource alignment and system effectiveness to ensure a globally competitive workforce for Minnesota.



GWDC Membership

Council membership is dictated by state statute to include the following sectors: business and industry, community-based organizations, education, local government, organized labor, state agencies, and the state legislature.


Twenty-eight GWDC members are appointed by the Governor and serve terms three years in length starting on the first of July or January following the appointment. Two State Representatives and two State Senators are appointed to the GWDC by their majority and minority leaders.


Council Members

Inez Wildwood, Chair
Executive Vice President
Comprehensive Management Associates
Twyla Flaws, Vice-Chair Manager, Human Resources
Clow Stamping Company
Rita Albrecht Mayor City of Bemidji
Mo Amundson Owner and Consultant Education-To-Careers
Brenda Cassellius Commissioner Minnesota Department of Education
Karen Clark Representative (Majority Representative) Minnesota House of Representatives
Katie Clark Sieben Commissioner Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Pamela Deal Chief Manager PSD Land Development, LLC
Steven Ditschler President and CEO ProAct, Inc.
Frank Forsberg
Senior Vice President, Community Impact Greater Twin Cities United Way
Russell Hess Political Coordinator

Laborers District Council

John Hoffman Senator (Majority Representative) Minnesota Senate
Lucinda Jesson Commissioner
Department of Human Services
Michael Jugovich Mayor City of Chisholm
Eric Kaler President University of Minnesota
Andrea Kieffer Representative (Minority Representative) Minnesota House of Representatives
Nan Larson Rural Innovation Network & Convening Director Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
LaRohn Latimer IMPACT Program Specialist YWCA, St. Paul
Larry Mareck 


Central Minnesota Building and Trades Council
Harry D. Melander, Jr. 


Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council
Natasha Mortenson Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor Morris Area High School
Marlene Moulton Janssen Director Anoka County Library
Carla Nelson Senator (Minority Representative) Minnesota Senate
Eric Nesheim Executive Director Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC)
Scott Parker Business Representative International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 82
Edward Reynoso Political Director Teamsters Joint Council 32
Steven Rosenstone Chancellor Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Mary M. Russell

Director, Organization Effectiveness
and Leadership Support
Roy Smith Director, Workforce Development Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
David Ulrich Vice President of Human Resources Twin Metals Minnesota
Rich Wagner President Dunwoody College of Technology

Download the GWDC roster


Skills at the Center

All Hands on Deck


Minnesota FastTRAC

A Guide to the GWDC

State Energy Sector Partnership

Track Our Progress

Return on Investment