Leadership and Organization

Commissioner Katie Clark SiebenCommissioner

DEED is led by Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.

She was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in October 2012, leading an agency of about 1,600 employees who are dedicated to growing Minnesota’s economy and building and strengthening a world-class workforce. Under her leadership, DEED has partnered with communities and businesses, driving new business growth, expansions and greater opportunities for workers across the state. DEED has been instrumental in retaining and bringing more than 4,500 jobs to the state and drawing $198 million in new capital investment to Minnesota. The state’s unemployment rate has been consistently below the national average during her term.

Prior to that, she served as executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, which assists Minnesota companies with exporting manufactured goods and services and attracting foreign direct investment. In this role, she managed the Trade Office’s strategic direction, including the promotion of the state of Minnesota and its companies in the global marketplace, introduction of Minnesota companies to foreign buyers and investors, building of diplomatic relationships with international delegations and management of a staff of international trade representatives.

Sieben brings years of leadership experience in business development and recruitment, 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.

Sieben serves on the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's Global Advisory Board.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota and is 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.

 Blake Chaffee

Blake Chaffee  
Deputy Commissioner
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin McKinnon

Kevin McKinnon
Deputy Commissioner
Economic Development

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Jeremy Hanson Willis
Deputy Commissioner
Workforce Development

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Samantha Shalda
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

Connie Ireland

Connie Ireland
Executive Director
Governor's Workforce Development Council

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Bob Isaacson
Director
Business Finance

Susan Kehoe-Katula

Susan Kehoe-Katula
Director
Disability Determination Services

Danna Mackenzie

Danna MacKenzie
Executive Director
Broadband Development

Dorcas Michaelson 

Dorcas Michaelson
  Director
Human Resources

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

Jeff Rossate 

Jeff Rossate
Director
Business Development

Rick Roy

Rick Roy
Director
Strategic Business Projects

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Meredith Udoibok
Director
Community Finance