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 Analyst, Oregon Youth Corp 503-689-6662
jeremy.w.ahola@oregon.gov
John AsherWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2413
john.e.asher@state.or.us
Carie Bauer Director, Oregon Volunteers 971-273-9144
carie.e.bauer@state.or.us
Jennifer DenningStrategic Programs Analyst503-947-3034
jennifer.l.denning@oregon.gov
Douglas DenningOregon Youth Corps Director503-559-6003
douglas.denning@state.or.us
Wayne FannoWorkforce Education Specialist503-586-9385
wayne.l.fanno@HECC.OREGON.GOV
Theresa FitzgeraldWorkforce Program Analyst971-345-1138
theresa.fitzgerald@state.or.us
Amy HollandNational Service Program Officer971-345-1137
amy.holland@state.or.us
Karen HumelbaughDirector, Workforce Investments503-551-9322
karen.m.humelbaugh@oregon.gov
Sydney KingOffice Specialist503-480-6962
sydney.g.king@oregon.gov
Clay MartinWTDB and Workforce Initiatives Analyst 503-779-5450
clay.martin@state.or.us
Brittany MelzerSupport Specialist503-934-3526
brittany.e.melzer@state.or.us
Todd NellExecutive Director, WTDB503-508-8916
todd.a.nell@state.or.us
Stephanie PattersonExecutive Support Specialist503-373-0003
stephanie.patterson@state.or.us
Stephanie SolomonProgram Support Specialist, Board Administrator 971-345-1134
stephanie.b.solomon@oregon.gov
Rachel SotoWorkforce Program Analyst503-779-5510
rachel.soto@state.or.us
Linda SozziAdministrative Specialist971-345-1133
linda.m.sozzi@state.or.us
Julia SteinbergerSTEM Council Director971-345-1136
julia.s.steinberger@oregon.gov
Kurt TackmanDeputy Director, Workforce Investments971-345-1139
kurt.r.tackman@state.or.us
Debra WelterWorkforce Operations and Policy Analyst 971-345-1135
debra.a.welter@state.or.us
Kathy WilcoxWorkforce Program Analyst971-345-1132
kathy.wilcox@state.or.us
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* An asterisk indicates a position that is either temporary, limited duration, or a job rotation.