Governor Names Elisabeth Buck
As Director Of Iowa Workforce Development
DATE: July 6, 2007
Governor Chet Culver has named Elisabeth Buck
as the new Director of Iowa Workforce Development (IWD).
, Governor Culver's
current Deputy Chief of Staff, will replace Interim IWD Director David Neil in early August.
is supremely qualified to serve in this critically important position," said Governor Culver
has demonstrated outstanding leadership in two gubernatorial administrations as a top administrator.Her
honesty, integrity and knowledge of state government make her
the right person at the right time to help move IWD forward.She
is a skilled consensus builder who will develop the public-private partnerships necessary to strengthen our workforce and address Iowa's
potential workforce shortage.It is critical we have someone with her
skills handling the day-to-day operations at IWD
given the challenges they have had over the past year." Elisabeth Buck has served as deputy chief of staff under Governor Chet Culver since his inauguration in January 2007.
...As Deputy Chief of Staff, Buck supervised a staff of 35 in the Governor's office and at Terrace Hill, and oversaw an annual budget of $3 million dollars.She
also managed and collaborated with 40 departments in Iowa state government.Prior to working in the office of the Governor, Buck was director of administration for the Iowa Attorney General, where she managed administrative staff and oversaw an annual budget of $4 million.
In that position, she
created an innovative campaign to recover child support payments from delinquent parents and organized a statewide domestic abuse awareness campaign.She earned a BA in political science from Iowa State, where she was student body president.Buck
was named 2002 Leader of the Year in Iowa State
Government and the 2004 Volunteer of the Year.She
has volunteered for numerous organizations and was presented with the 2006 AFSCME
is married and has two children."It is an exciting time in Iowa and I am up to the challenge of leading a department that touches the lives of so many Iowans," said Buck.