Senior Policy Analyst
Kay joined the staff of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board as implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act began, contributing to the Board’s organizational work that was required under the new federal law. From 2014-2016, she was the staff lead for the National Governors Association Talent Pipeline Policy Academy, a collaboration that brought together senior leadership from seven state agencies, including the departments of Employment and Economic Development and Education. The work of the policy academy is continuing through 2018 with state agencies that are State Strategic Plan partners and a key focus on developing industry-led sector partnerships at the state, regional, and local level.
Kay also provides staff support to the Career Pathways Partnership, which was formed to establish leadership and an operational framework for a statewide Career Pathways system. With guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the committee’s core work is being done via subgroups on Employer Engagement, Resources, and Customers.
After a career with domestic and international business development and project management roles in the private sector, Kay transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2008. At AccessAbility, based in Northeast Minneapolis, Kay served as the agency’s Development Officer. In that role, she secured transitional work program funding for immigrants, refugees, veterans experiencing difficulty re-entering the civilian workforce, homeless individuals, and those with a history of incarceration. She has philanthropy community partnership capabilities that include corporate and private foundations and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
Collectively, these experiences inspired a passion for workforce development, especially for job seekers with significant barriers to employment. Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.