Lisa Nisenfeld was appointed the Director of the Oregon Employment Department by Governor Kitzhaber in September 2013. She comes to the job with over 30 years of experience in workforce and economic development in both the public and private sectors.
For the previous two years, she was president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council in Clark County (CREDC), WA, which provides leadership and resources to foster business growth. The CREDC is responsible for helping grow jobs and investment in Clark County through business recruitment, business expansion, entrepreneurship development and advocacy for a competitive business climate, including great school systems.
Prior to that, she spent 10 years as Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) which coordinates workforce development partners in Southwest Washington and manages a variety of workforce development funds.
Prior to joining the SWWDC, Lisa was a principal of Working Designs, Inc., a consulting company specializing in strategic planning and workforce development. She also was Director of Workforce and Target Industries for the Portland Development Commission for nearly ten years, building an expertise in workforce and economic development synergies.
Currently Lisa serves on the board of directors of Education Northwest as well as the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition. She is also a charter board member for nConnect, a non-profit that links schools and businesses to promote science and mathematics achievement and careers. She is a 2012 recipient of the Iris Award, given to women of achievement in Clark County.
Lisa a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Lewis and Clark College.