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.
Minnesota’s public, private and community resources are strategically aligned to competitively position our citizens and businesses for increased and sustained economic prosperity.
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.
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.
|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.|
||Senior Vice President, Community Impact||Greater Twin Cities United Way
|Russell Hess||Political Coordinator||
Laborers District Council
|John Hoffman||Senator (Majority Representative)||Minnesota Senate|
||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|
||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|