Heidi Drygas, Commissioner
Commissioner Heidi Drygas was appointed to lead the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development by Governor Bill Walker on December 19, 2014. As Commissioner, she has focused on strengthening Alaska’s middle class by expanding training opportunities through Registered Apprenticeship and by enforcing Alaska’s labor laws.
Prior to being named commissioner, Drygas spent nearly a decade as General Counsel to the Alaska District Council of Laborers, where she worked to support Alaska workers in the fields of construction, oil and gas support services, transportation, health care, and public service. Prior to working for the Laborers, Drygas worked as an associate at Guess & Rudd, an Anchorage law firm with practice areas in natural resource, administrative, property, commercial, and insurance law.
Drygas is a lifelong Alaskan who was born and raised in Fairbanks. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She lives in Juneau with her husband Kevin and their daughter Olive, where they spend time gardening, fishing from their boat, and foraging for mushrooms, nettles, and other wild edibles in Alaska’s magnificent wilderness.
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Greg Cashen, Deputy Commissioner
Greg Cashen was appointed deputy commissioner on January 15, 2015. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.
Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Alaska Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under the leadership of Commissioner Click Bishop.
Cashen also served as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the 26-member board that provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs.
Cashen graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.
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