Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
Suzan “Suzi” LeVine was appointed by Governor Inslee as Commissioner for the Employment Security Department (ESD) on July 9, 2018. At a time when society is experiencing massive technological and demographic shifts, she brings relevant leadership experience and expertise from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help people navigate their paths forward to be lifelong career ready.
She served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 2014 until January 2017. During that time, she played a key role in the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent between Switzerland and the U.S. to collaborate on apprenticeship, partnering with 30 companies to bring and/or expand their Swiss style apprenticeship model into the U.S.
With leadership roles at Microsoft and Expedia, Suzi’s career has focused on education, technology, innovation, social responsibility and youth outreach—and twice during her career, she was a stay-at-home mom. She’s served on the Career Connect Washington Task Force, the CareerWise Colorado board, the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, and was recently appointed to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies Board of Directors, representing Region X. She and her husband, Eric, have presented across the globe about the merits of apprenticeship and reigniting new pathways to the American Dream.
Suzi graduated from Brown University with degrees in English and mechanical engineering. She and her husband have two children. They enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and playing with their dogs.