Suzan “Suzi” LeVine has officially started her position as the new commissioner of Washington’s Employment Security Department, the Olympia-headquartered agency announced. She was named to the position by Governor Jay Inslee in May.

Employment Security Department

Suzan LeVine.

During the first several weeks of her employment, LeVine will hold several town halls across the state, meeting with ESD employees, partners, stakeholders, and labor organizations.

Prior to joining the agency, LeVine was the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein for President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Her additional experience includes years working in education, technology, travel, workforce development, and youth outreach. She has founded two non-profits (The Kavana Cooperative and Brain Sciences), served as Microsoft’s director of communications for education and student developer strategic partnerships, and served as Expedia’s vice president for sales and marketing in luxury travel.

“Throughout my life, I’ve kept a laser focus on impact,” LeVine said in a statement. “I’m proud of the work the Employment Security Department does to help people find their way out of unemployment, to help employers find the workforce they need to thrive, and to help youth, veterans and other workers find the power of a rewarding career — the power of a job. All of this aligns perfectly with my desire to make a difference in this world. I’m excited to join the dedicated team at ESD.”