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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 Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Aides

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

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Anna Peterson
Chief of Staff

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Blake Chaffee
Deputy Commissioner
Operations

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Kevin McKinnon
Deputy Commissioner
Economic Development

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Hamse Warfa
Deputy Commissioner
Workforce Development

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Elizabeth Frosch
Director
Strategic Communications & Research

carol-pankow

Carol Pankow
Assistant Commissioner
Workforce Services

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Samantha Shalda
Assistant to the Commissioner

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Huguette Mpagazihe
Executive Aide

 

DEED's Leadership Team

Additional members of DEED’s Leadership Team.

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Brian Allie
Chief Information Officer

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Rick Caligiuri
Unemployment Insurance

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Darielle Dannen
Government Affairs

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Shane Delaney
Communications

john-edman

John Edman
Explore Minnesota Tourism

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Ann Feaman
Diversity and Equal Opportunity

jeff-freeman

Jeff Freeman
Public Facilities Authority

julie-freeman

Julie Freeman
Chief Financial Officer

gabrielle-gerbaud

Gabrielle Gerbaud
Minnesota Trade Office

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Vacant
Disability Determination Services

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Steve Hine
Labor Market Information

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Vacant
Governor's Workforce Development Board

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Bob Isaacson
Business Finance

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Lorri Janatopoulos
CareerForce Systems

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Danna MacKenzie
Broadband Development

dorcas-michaelson

Dorcas Michaelson
Human Resources

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Vacant
State Services for the Blind

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Jeff Rossate
Business Development

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May Thao-Schuck
Employment & Training Programs

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Annie Tietema
Technical Planning

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Meredith Udoibok
Community Finance

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Rachel Vilsack
Performance Management

larry-vrooman

Larry Vrooman
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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Kolu Wilson
Economic Opportunity

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Neal Young
Economic Analysis

   
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