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DEED Names Evan Rowe as Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Services and Operations

6/10/2022 8:47:44 AM

evan-rowe-mediaSt. Paul – Today, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced Evan Rowe as its new Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Services and Operations. Rowe was selected to fill the position after having served in the role in an acting capacity the past six months. He officially begins his new position today.

“Evan has been a strong leader at DEED and brings a commitment and track record for consistent innovation, investment and evolution of government services for Minnesotans,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “I’m thrilled to have him serve as a Deputy Commissioner in this new role.”

Before being named Deputy Commissioner, Rowe served as DEED’s Assistant Commissioner for Operations where he led administrative functions for the agency. Through his role, he supervised DEED’s operating budget and led the agency’s transition to hybrid and in-person work for the critical positions that work directly with Minnesotans.

Rowe joined DEED in June 2020 and is a key leader in modernizing the services that Minnesotans rely upon. That includes transforming DEED’s digital services: from launching the Workforce One Connect mobile app, which connects customers with their employment service case managers, to the deployment of a new mobile-friendly look and feel for Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance application - which is now available in four languages. He is also the executive sponsor for DEED's Innovation Lab, a collaborative effort to design new solutions grounded in Human Centered Design to meet some of the toughest challenges our agency faces.

Before joining DEED, Rowe served as the first Chief Commercial Officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where he modernized the agency’s advertising, fare revenue, and parking programs. He previously worked at Google in digital marketing.

“It is an honor to serve DEED and the people of Minnesota in this role,” Rowe said. “DEED’s mission to empower the Minnesota economy for everyone has never been more important. This agency has an extraordinary group of public servants and leaders working hard to grow economic opportunity, deliver skills and training for our workforce, and provide critical support so all Minnesotans can participate in a strong economy. I couldn’t be more excited to play my part in delivering better services for all Minnesotans at DEED.”

Rowe, a Minneapolis native, lives in South Minneapolis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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