About the Board

The Governor's Workforce Development Board 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 GWDB forges practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state.


The Board 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 GWDB 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 GWDB By-Laws provide additional guidance to the Board'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 GWDB’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.



GWDB Membership

Board 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.


Forty-one GWDB 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 GWDB by their majority and minority leaders.


Board Members

Laura Beeth, Chair

System Director, Talent Acquisition

Fairview Health Services
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
Steven Ditschler President and CEO ProAct, Inc.
Bob Gunther Representative (Majority Representative) Minnesota House of Representatives
Shawntera Hardy Commissioner Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Russell Hess

Political Coordinator

Laborers District Council

John Hoffman Senator (Majority Representative) Minnesota Senate
Lorrie Janatopoulos Planning Director Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
Emily Piper Commissioner
Department of Human Services
Eric Kaler President University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Kautz Mayor City of Burnsville
Shar Knutson President Minnesota AFL-CIO
Sanjay Kuba Executive Consultant SK & Associates & Par Systems
Ruby Lee President Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Carla Nelson Senator Minnesota Senate
Eric Nesheim Executive Director Minnesota Literacy Council
Scott Parker Business Representative

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Edward Reynoso Political Director Teamsters Joint Council 32
Steven Rosenstone Chancellor Minnesota State College and Universities
Mary Russell Director, Organization Effectiveness and Leadership Support HealthPartners
Dennis Siemer President and CEO V-Tek Incorporated
Roy Smith Director, Workforce Development Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
Rich Wagner President Dunwoody College of Technology


Download the GWDB roster