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​​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: 

For comprehensive information on our work, see:
Our office is led by:​
  • Julia Steinberger, 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
Carie Bauer Director, Oregon Volunteers 971-273-9144
carie.e.bauer@hecc.oregon.gov
Hillary Blackstone Youth Program Specialist503-507-6916
hillary.blackstone@hecc.oregon.gov
Stacey Cochran Oregon Youth Works Initiatives Analyst503-979-3823
stacey.cochran@hecc.oregon.gov
Matthew CollinsOregon Youth Works Program Coordinator503-507-8671
matthew.collins@hecc.oregon.gov
Eleni CollinsOffice Specialist 503-871-6028
Eleni.COLLINS@hecc.oregon.gov
Brooklyn Cruz-Decker Office Specialist 458-209-4643
brooklyn.cruz-decker@hecc.oregon.gov
Jennifer DenningStrategic Initiatives Programs Analyst503-779-8818
jennifer.l.denning@hecc.oregon.gov
Douglas DenningYouth Workforce Director503-559-6003
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
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
Alma Plasencia Outreach and Training Coordinator503-507-6307
alma.plasencia@hecc.oregon.gov
Madeline SeghersStrategic Programs Analyst
madeline.seghers@hecc.oregon.gov
Stephanie SolomonStrategic Programs Analyst971-345-1134
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
Nicole StappDeputy Director for Systems Alignment503-507-4178
nicole.stapp@hecc.oregon.gov
Julia SteinbergerDirector, Office of Workforce Investments971-345-1136
julia.steinberger@hecc.oregon.gov
Kurt TackmanDeputy Director, Office of Workforce Investments971-345-1139
kurt.r.tackman@hecc.oregon.gov
David TaylorApprenticeship Programs Analyst
david.r.taylor@hecc.oregon.gov
Kerry ThomasFuture Ready Oregon Project Manager(503) 378-2761
kerry.thomas@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.