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Governor Kitzhaber taps Lisa Nisenfeld for Employment Department Director

​(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced his nomination of Lisa Nisenfeld as director of the Oregon Employment Department. Governor Kitzhaber will submit Nisenfeld for Senate confirmation in September with a proposed start date of October 1.
“Lisa brings a wealth of workforce and economic development experience from both Oregon and Washington and a track record of success,” noted Governor Kitzhaber. “She’ll draw on those experiences, and her strong leadership and communications skills, to improve department operations and increase alignment with other programs as we work to reshape Oregon’s workforce development system.”
As director of the Oregon Employment Department, Nisenfeld will oversee workforce services to businesses and job seekers, specialized programs such as those serving veterans, unemployment insurance, and labor market information.
Nisenfeld has more than 25 years of workforce development and economic development experience, including working for Portland Development Commission and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and as President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.
Throughout her career, Nisenfeld has succeeded in aligning government programs with business needs to strengthen public-private partnerships that target industries, identify needed workforce services, and drive economic growth.

Lisa Nisenfeld headshot

Media Contact:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324


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