Leadership and Organization

Commissioner Katie Clark SiebenCommissioner

DEED is led by Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben

She was appointed DEED Commissioner in October 2012. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). MTO promotes the creation and retention of jobs and economic prosperity of the state by assisting Minnesota companies to export manufactured goods and services and attract foreign direct investment. As executive director, Katie was responsible for managing the overall strategic direction of the MTO which includes promoting the State of Minnesota and its companies in the global marketplace, introducing Minnesota companies to foreign buyers and investors, building diplomatic relationships with international delegations and managing a staff of international trade representatives.

Katie brings years of experience in business development and recruitment in the private sector, including with one of Minnesota's largest corporations, Target Corporation. She has managed large-scale, multi-million dollar operations; built strategic partnerships at the highest levels of business and philanthropy; and created and implemented nationwide marketing campaigns. In addition to working for Target Corporation, Katie served as the director of community relations for a startup wind energy developer, National Wind, and as finance director for Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota.

She serves on the board of SIDO, the State International Development Organization. She also serves on the advisory boards for the University of Minnesota's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the University of Minnesota Carlson School Global Institute, and the Minnesota Department of Education Global Competencies Advisory Board.

Katie graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a recipient of the 2012 MSP Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award.

Deputy Commissioners and Aide

The commissioner is assisted by deputies who oversee the functions of key divisions.

Jeremy Hanson Willis

Jeremy Hanson Willis
Deputy Commissioner
Workforce Development

Robin Sternberg

Robin Sternberg
Deputy Commissioner
Economic Development

Blake Chaffee

Blake Chaffee  
Deputy Commissioner
Chief Operating Officer

Terri Davids

Teri Davids
Executive Aide
Commissioner's Office

DEED's Leadership Team

In addition to the commissioner, deputy commissioners, and aide, these are the members of DEED's Leadership Team.

Brian Allie

Brian Allie
Chief Information Officer
MN.IT@DEED

Kim Babine

Kim Babine
Director
Government Affairs

Rick Caligiuri

Rick Caligiuri
Director
Unemployment Insurance

John Edman

John Edman
Director
Tourism

Jeff Freeman

Jeff Freeman
Director
Public Facilities Authority 

Julie Freeman

Julie Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
Administrative & Financial Services

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Annette Gratke
Interim Director
Human Resources

Steve Hine

Steve Hine
Director
Labor Market Information

Connie Ireland

Connie Ireland
Executive Director
Governor's Workforce Development Council

Susan Kehoe-Katula

Susan Kehoe-Katula
Director
Disability Determination Services

Madeline Koch

Madeline Koch
Director
Communications

Danna Mackenzie

Danna MacKenzie
Executive Director
Broadband Development

Kevin McKinnon

Kevin McKinnon
Director
Business & Community Development

Kathleen Motzenbecker

Kathleen Motzenbecker
Director
Minnesota Trade Office

Thomas Norman

Thomas Norman
Director
Workforce Development

Carol Pankow

Carol Pankow
Director
State Services for the Blind

Kim Peck

Kim Peck
Director
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Rick Roy

Rick Roy
Director
Workforce Coordination

Rachel Vilsack

Rachel Vilsack
Director
Performance Management

Neal Young

Neal Young
Director
Economic Analysis