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.

Cynthia Bauerly

Cynthia Bauerly
Deputy Commissioner
Workforce Development

Robin Sternberg

Robin Sternberg
Deputy Commissioner
Economic Development

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

Blake Chaffee

Blake Chaffee 
Director 
Communications, Analysis & Research 

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 

Susan Kehoe-Katula

Susan Kehoe-Katula 
Director 
Disability Determination Services

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 

Mary Oman

Mary Oman 
Director 
Human Resources

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