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 Roslyn Robertson
Roslyn Robertson is DLI's deputy commissioner and oversees the agency operation areas of Apprenticeship, Construction Codes and Licensing, Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, and Workers' Compensation.
She has 30 years of experience working at DLI in a variety of leadership roles and has significant experience in the program areas of Labor Standards, Apprenticeship, OSHA and Construction Codes and Licensing.
Assistant Commissioner Heather McGannon
Heather McGannon is DLI's assistant commissioner of its General Support Division, which includes Financial Services, Human Resources, 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 Nicole Blissenbach
Nicole Blissenbach is DLI’s Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement and Compliance Strategies and Partnerships. She provides leadership and direction for DLI’s enforcement and compliance strategies and develops strong partnerships with labor law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
Blissenbach previously worked at Education Minnesota, where she served for nearly 10 years as an attorney representing local unions and educators. Prior to working for Education Minnesota, she worked as an attorney with the law firm of Miller O’Brien Cummins, where she represented individual employees and unions.
Blissenbach is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist and has represented the Public Employment Relations Board as a board member and as the chairperson.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota.