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Commissioner

steve-groveDEED is led by Commissioner Steve Grove.

As commissioner of the state’s principal workforce and economic development agency, Commissioner Grove brings a wealth of private sector and civic experience to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Commissioner Grove is focused on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap and providing businesses with the help they need to grow, stay and thrive.

Commissioner Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google’s News Lab, a global division of the company that partners with media companies and startups to drive innovation in the news industry. He has built teams in over a dozen countries and launched partnerships in over 50 countries, including a global technology training effort that trained over 500,000 people every year. Grove also led Google’s civic engagement work, including the company’s non-partisan voter information and get-out-the-vote outreach efforts. He previously led YouTube's first news and politics team, building a global partnership effort for political candidates, news organizations, nonprofits, and citizen journalists. The divisions of Google that Grove led during his career addressed a wide range of public challenges with new solutions: from fighting online disinformation campaigns, to growing social media citizen engagement with world leaders, to a developing a broad range of voter turnout initiatives.

Grove wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining Google. He has served as an advisor to the White House and State Department on counter-terrorism strategy, and serves on the advisory boards of Witness, a video human rights nonprofit, and Report for America, a nationwide service organization to improve local news.

Commissioner Grove holds a master's in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College. He is an International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and co-founded a nonprofit with his wife Mary called Silicon North Stars, which helps youth from underserved communities in Minnesota pursue careers in technology. In 2018, the Groves moved from Silicon Valley to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two-year-old twins.

Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Aide

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

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Blake Chaffee
Deputy Commissioner
Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy Hanson Willis

Jeremy Hanson Willis
Deputy Commissioner
Workforce Development

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Kevin McKinnon
Deputy Commissioner
Economic Development

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Kolu Wilson
Assistant Commissioner
Economic Equity & Opportunity

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Huguette Mpagazihe
Assistant to the Commissioner

 

 

DEED's Leadership Team

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

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Brian Allie
Chief Information Officer
MNIT-DEED

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Rick Caligiuri
Director
Unemployment Insurance

darielle-dannen

Darielle Dannen
Director
Government Affairs

shane-delaney

Shane Delaney
Director
Communications

john-edman

John Edman
Director
Tourism

ann-feaman

Ann Feaman
Director
Diversity and Equal Opportunity

jeff-freeman

Jeff Freeman
Director
Public Facilities Authority

julie-freeman

Julie Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
Administrative & Financial Services

gabrielle-gerbaud 

Gabrielle Gerbaud
Executive Director
Minnesota Trade Office

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Steve Hine
Director
Labor Market Information

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Vacant
Executive Director
Governor's Workforce Dev. Board

bob-isaacson

Bob Isaacson
Executive Director
Business Finance

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Vacant
Director
Disability Determination Services

danna-mackenzie

Danna MacKenzie
Executive Director
Broadband Development

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Dorcas Michaelson
Director
Human Resources

carol-pankow

Carol Pankow
Director
State Services for the Blind

jeff-rossate

Jeff Rossate
Executive Director
Business Development

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Vacant
Director
Workforce Systems Coordination

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May Thao-Schuck
Director
Employment & Training Programs

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Meredith Udoibok
Executive Director
Community Finance

larry-vrooman 

Larry Vrooman
Director
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

 

 
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