About

​Office of Workforce Investments

The Office of Workforce Investments (OWI) is focused on employment opportunities, skill attainment, and work-related training statewide. OWI is a collaboration between the HECC and the Oregon Employment Department, and is responsible for convening partnerships in the workforce system, supporting and providing technical assistance to the Workforce and Talent Development Board (WTDB) and Local Workforce Development Boards, and implementing the Governor's vision and the WTDB strategic plan. 

The HECC is the administrative entity for federally funded programs authorized by the U.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including the WIOA Youth, Adult, Dislocated Worker programs and Federal Discretionary grants, providing programmatic and fiscal oversight and accountability, as well as policy direction and technical assistance to state and local partners. 

The OWI also administers and supports: 

  • The STEM Investment Council​, supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education initiatives 
  • Oregon Volunteers​, supporting statewide service and volunteer efforts, and providing funds for the state-based AmeriCorps program 
  • The Oregon Youth Corps (OYC), providing grant funding, training and resources to youth serving agencies

For comprehensive information on our work, see:
Our office is led by:
  • Karen Humelbaugh, Director
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Office of Workforce Investments

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
Jeremy AholaProgram Analyst503-689-6662
jeremy.w.ahola@hecc.oregon.gov
John E. AsherRapid Response Coordinator971-375-2762
john.e.asher@hecc.oregon.gov
Osvaldo AvilaOperations and Policy Analyst 503-508-2497
osva;dp/avo;a@hecc.oregon.gov
Carie Bauer Oregon Volunteers Program Director971-273-9144
carie.e.bauer@hecc.oregon.gov
Mathew CollinsOffice Specialist 503-507-8671
matthew.collins@hecc.oregon.gov
Jennifer DenningStrategic Initiatives Programs Analyst503-779-8818
jennifer.l.denning@hecc.oregon.gov
Douglas DenningOregon Youth Corps Program Administrator503-559-6003
douglas.denning@hecc.oregon.gov
Wayne FannoWorkforce Education Specialist503-586-9385
wayne.l.fanno@hecc.oregon.gov
Theresa FitzgeraldWorkforce Program Analyst971-345-1138
theresa.fitzgerald@hecc.oregon.gov
Josh Hall*Labor Liason541-990-3518
Josh@oraflcio.org
Amy HollandNational Service Program Officer971-345-1137
amy.holland@hecc.oregon.gov
Karen HumelbaughDirector, Office of Workforce Investments503-551-9322
karen.m.humelbaugh@hecc.oregon.gov
Sydney KingExecutive Administrator503-480-6962
sydney.g.king@hecc.oregon.gov
Clay MartinWTDB Initiatives Analyst 503-779-5450
clay.martin@hecc.oregon.gov
Brittany MelzerStategic Alignment Coordinator971-375-2761
brittany.e.melzer@hecc.oregon.gov
Todd NellWTDB Director503-508-8916
todd.a.nell@hecc.oregon.gov
Stephanie SolomonProgram Officer971-345-1134
stephanie.b.solomon@hecc.oregon.gov
Rachel SotoWorkforce Program Analyst503-779-5510
rachel.soto@hecc.oregon.gov
Linda SozziAdministrative Specialist971-345-1133
linda.m.sozzi@hecc.oregon.gov
Julia SteinbergerSystems Alignment Manager971-345-1136
julia.steinberger@hecc.oregon.gov
Kurt TackmanDeputy Director, Office of Workforce Investments971-345-1139
kurt.r.tackman@hecc.oregon.gov
Debra WelterWorkforce Operations and Policy Analyst 971-345-1135
debra.a.welter@hecc.oregon.gov
Kathy WilcoxEducation and Workforce System Analyst971-345-1132
kathy.wilcox@hecc.oregon.gov
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* An asterisk indicates a position that is either temporary, limited duration, or a job rotation.