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 Conservation Corps (OYCC), 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 875 Union Street NE #310, Salem, OR 97311
Jeremy AholaProgram Analyst, Oregon Youth Conservation Corp 503-947-2446
jeremy.w.ahola@oregon.gov
John AsherWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2413
john.e.asher@oregon.gov
Carie Bauer Director, Oregon Volunteers 503-947-2452
carie.e.bauer@oregon.gov
Jennifer DenningStrategic Programs Analyst503-947-3034
jennifer.l.denning@oregon.gov
Douglas DenningOregon Youth Conservation Corps Director503-947-2420
douglas.denning@state.or.us
Wayne FannoWorkforce Education Specialist503-947-2447
wayne.l.fanno@oregon.gov
Theresa FitzgeraldWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2402
theresa.fitzgerald@oregon.gov
Karen HumelbaughDirector, Workforce Investments503-947-2404
karen.m.humelbaugh@oregon.gov
Sydney KingOffice Specialist503-934-3475
sydney.g.king@oregon.gov
Clay MartinWTDB and Workforce Initiatives Analyst 503-934-0910
clay.martin@oregon.gov
Michael McCoyWorkforce Compliance Analyst503-947-2415
Michael.D.McCoy@oregon.gov
Todd NellExecutive Director, WTDB503-947-2406
todd.a.nell@oregon.gov
Rachel SotoWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2438
rachel.soto@oregon.gov
Linda SozziAdministrative Specialist503-947-5949
linda.m.sozzi@oregon.gov
Julia SteinbergerSTEM Council Director503-947-2433
julia.steinberger@state.or.us
Kurt TackmanDeputy Director, Workforce Investments503-947-2439
kurt.r.tackman@oregon.gov
Debra WelterWorkforce Operations and Policy Analyst 503-947-3032
debra.a.welter@oregon.gov
Kathy WilcoxWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2411
kathy.wilcox@oregon.gov
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* An asterisk indicates a position that is either temporary, limited duration, or a job rotation.