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.
|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|
|Katie Clark Sieben||Commissioner||Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development|
|Steven Ditschler||President and CEO||ProAct, Inc.|
|Bob Gunther||Representative (Majority Representative)||Minnesota House of Representatives|
|Russell Hess||Political Coordinator||
Laborers District Council
|John Hoffman||Senator (Majority Representative)||Minnesota Senate|
|Lorrie Janatopoulos||Planning Director||Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency|
||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|
||Rural Innovation Network & Convening Director||Agricultural Utilization Research Institute|
||IMPACT Program Specialist
||YWCA, St. Paul|
|Ruby Lee||President||Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)|
|Larry Mareck||President||Central Minnesota Building & Construction Trade Council|
|Harry D. Melander Jr.||President||Minnesota State Building & Construction Trade Council|
|Natasha Mortenson||Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor||Morris Area High School|
|Marlene Moulton Janssen||Director||Anoka County Library|
|Carla Nelson||Senator||Minnesota Senate|
|Eric Nesheim||Executive Director||Minnesota Literacy Council|
|Scott Parker||Business Representative||
Internatinal 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|
|David Ulrich||Vice President of Human Resources||Twin Metals Minnesota|
|Rich Wagner||President||Dunwoody College of Technology|