Commissioner Nancy Leppink
Nancy Leppink was appointed by Gov. Tim Walz in February 2019 as the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s (DLI) commissioner.
Leppink previously represented DLI as an assistant attorney general and then worked as the agency’s general counsel from 1999 to 2009. After 24 years in state service, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to be the deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and led the division as its acting administrator.
During June 2014 to February 2019, Leppink served as a branch chief for the International Labour Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was responsible for its international work to assist the governments and the employer and worker organizations of its 187 member states to improve their labor administration, labor inspection and occupational safety and health capacities.
Leppink is a graduate of the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science) and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Deputy Commissioner Chris Leifeld
Chris Leifeld is DLI's deputy commissioner and has also overseen the Workers' Compensation Division since Jan. 1, 2015. He joined DLI in 2011 and has served as the director of the division's Vocational Rehabilitation unit and Alternative Dispute Resolution unit.
Leifeld has worked in both the private and non-profits sectors and his previous state-government experience includes serving as the assistant to the commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Leifeld is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (Bachelor of Arts) and from the University of Minnesota (Master of Education).
Assistant Commissioner Heather McGannon
Heather McGannon is DLI's assistant commissioner of its General Support Division, which includes Communications, Financial Services, Human Resources, Legislative Affairs, Office of General Counsel, Projects and Planning, and Research and Statistics. She joined DLI in September 2014 and has served as director of the Projects and Planning unit, responsible for agency innovation projects, grants, continuity planning, continuous improvement and facilities, as well as employment-based programs, such as the PIPELINE Program and the Youth Skills Training Program.
Before her work at DLI, McGannon was in various leadership roles in workforce development within the Minnesota State System at Saint Paul College and Hennepin Technical College for 13 years.
McGannon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Science) and St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Master of Management).
Assistant Commissioner Scott McLellan
Scott McLellan is DLI's assistant commissioner for its Construction Codes and Licensing, Labor Standards and Apprenticeship areas. He directs the work of Construction Codes and Licensing and serves as Minnesota's state building official.
McLellan has worked at DLI since 2006, before then he spent 17 years with the Minnesota Department of Administration. He also worked seven years in city government at the City of Plymouth and the City of Columbia Heights.
McLellan is a graduate of North Hennepin Community College (Associate of Arts Building Inspection) and Northwestern College (Bachelor of Science).