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Mark Butler, President

Georgia Department of Labor, Commissioner
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE | Atlanta, GA  30303-1751 | Phone: (404) 232-3001 | FAX: (404) 656-2683

Mark Butler became Georgia's ninth Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011. As the first Republican to head the Georgia Department of Labor, Commissioner Butler is committed to reshaping the operations of a labor department.

Commissioner Butler's goal is to create valuable workforce solutions through strategic alliances and community relationships. The programs at the Georgia Department of Labor reflect Butler's dedication to improving the agency's relationships with employers, job seekers and Georgia's future workforce.

Commissioner Butler formed the Regional Coordinator Program in 2011 and, subsequently, the Business Service Unit in 2013. These programs serve to foster mutually beneficial relationships with Georgia's employers and economic developers. Both programs reflect Commissioner Butler's dedication to the business community and employer-driven service delivery.

In order to better serve Georgia's job seekers, Commissioner Butler created the Special Workforce Assistance Team. This team has designed a job readiness program to help unemployed and underemployed people better market themselves to employers.

In 2014, Commissioner Butler developed the Labor Department's newest program, Customized Recruitment, in order to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers. This program is currently only available to newly located businesses and streamlines the recruiting process.

Commissioner Butler understands that a prepared workforce is a key to Georgia's economic future. As such, he developed the GeorgiaBEST program. GeorgiaBEST is a high school based program that certifies students as "work ready" based on their understanding of soft skills and vital work habits. GeorgiaBEST has become so popular that the Georgia Department of Labor has recently expanded the program to include middle school students. 

Prior to taking office, Commissioner Butler served eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18. During that time, he served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies. 

For more than 20 years, Commissioner Butler worked with his family's small business in Carrollton. As a former business owner he understands that people want government agencies to offer ways to help, rather than obstruct, economic growth. 

Commissioner Butler, a native of Carrollton, graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration. He and his wife, Chantell, have three children: Blake, Sydney, and Katie. Commissioner Butler and his family are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.

Eric Strauss
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Eric Strauss, First Vice President

Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Employment Relations Division, Administrator
1805 Prospect P.O. Box 8011 | Helena, MT 59604 | Phone: (406) 444-6543

Eric Strauss is the Administrator for the Employment Relations Division in the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. The Division provides a wide variety of service and regulation related to the employer – employee relationship. This includes issues involving workers' compensation coverage and claims, human rights claims, workplace safety and health, wage and hour claims, prevailing wage claims, and public sector collective bargaining. Eric works directly for the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Pam Bucy. The Department of Labor and Industry also consists of the Business Standards Division, Unemployment Insurance Division and Workforce Services Division.

The Employment Relations Division provides education and technical assistance to employers in understanding and complying with state labor laws. The division works with both employers and employees to resolve disputes that do arise in the employment relationship through informal investigations and mediation. It is their goal to help resolve disputes at the lowest level possible in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. The division is also administratively associated with the Human Rights Commission, Board of Personal Appeals, and the Labor Management Advisory Council.

Eric’s background includes an array of experiences ranging from operations management consulting to healthcare administration. He has worked in a variety of industries from food processing, to steel fabrication, to natural gas production all over North America. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication, from the University of Montana – Missoula (Go Griz). He is certified in Lean Manufacturing and Lean Healthcare. His primary goal as Administrator is to develop efficient processes that positively impact work in the State of Montana, focusing primarily on establishing fair, equitable and safe work practices.

Eric lives in Clancy, MT, a “suburb” of the state capital, Helena. He is married with two children. In his free time he enjoys golfing, playing in the outdoors, and spending time with his kids.


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Brad Avakian, Second Vice President

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Commissioner
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045 | Portland, OR 97232 | Phone: (971) 673-0761

Commissioner Brad Avakian has spent more than 20 years fighting to expand economic opportunity and ensure equality for all Oregonians. Early in his career, as an employment and civil rights attorney, Brad gave voice to workers who were seeking fair wages, better working conditions, and freedom from discrimination in the workplace. Later, as a state legislator, he passed laws to expand collective bargaining rights, crack down on predatory lending, and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since 2008, Brad has served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries where he has stepped up enforcement of Oregon’s civil rights laws and partnered with Oregon’s business and labor communities to strengthen workforce development efforts. 

Ken Peterson
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Ken Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer

Minnesota Department of Labor, Commissioner
443 Lafayette Road N. | Minnesota, MN  55155 | Phone: (651) 284-5005

Ken Peterson has served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry under Governor Mark Dayton since January 2011. He previously served in the same position from 1988 to 1990.

The agency oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation programs. His chief goal in the Dayton Administration’s second term are to help better prepare Minnesota’s future workforce, make the state’s workplaces safer and work with labor and employers to improve the workers’ compensation system.

Peterson has served in other leadership roles at the state and city levels. He served as deputy attorney general at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office; was deputy commissioner for utility regulation of the state Department of Public Service; directed St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department and was chief of staff for St. Paul’s mayor. In addition to public service, Peterson has worked in private law practice and as an associate professor of management at Metropolitan State University.

Peterson started his legal career on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is past president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Safety Council, St. Paul District Energy and The History Theater. Peterson grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.); George Washington University (J.D.); and Harvard University (MPA). He and his wife live in St. Paul and have two adult children.

William McKinney
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William McKinney, Eastern Regional Coordinator

Massachussetts Department of Labor Standards, Director
19 Staniford Street, 2nd floor | Boston, MA 02114 | Phone: (617) 626-6975  | Fax: (617) 626-6944

Eastern Region
Representing: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Bill McKinney was appointed Director of the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) on June 2015 as part of the Administration of Governor Charlie Baker. DLS is tasked with providing oversight of many Massachusetts labor laws, including minimum wage, prevailing wage, public sector employee health and safety, registered apprenticeship, lead and asbestos licensing, and registering employment and staffing agencies. Prior to joining the Baker Administration, Bill was the CFO for the Town of Weymouth, MA.  He also served in the Administration of Mitt Romney as Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), which is now known as the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Bill also worked at State Street Corporation for many years prior to joining the public sector. 

He is an Eagle Scout and a long-time Boy Scout leader and youth baseball coach. Bill has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  He and his wife reside in Dedham, MA.


Ray Davenport
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Ray Davenport, Southern Regional Coordinator

Virginia Department of Labor, Commissioner
600 East Main Street, Suite 207 | Richmond, Virginia  23219 | Phone: (804) 371-2327 | FAX: (804) 371-6524

Southern Region

Representing: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia

Mr. C. Ray Davenport was appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry by Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2014. Mr. Davenport previously served as Commissioner of the Department from 2002-2009 in Governor Mark Warner and Governor Tim Kaine’s administrations.  He has most recently served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia AFL-CIO, one of two executive officers of the organization. 

Ray is a product of Virginia’s registered apprenticeship program graduating as a journeyman crane operator, and was later elected as Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147. He served 13 years as Principal Officer of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147 as well as seven years as President of the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades prior to being appointed as Virginia’s Commissioner of Labor and Industry. Ray holds a B.A. in Labor Studies from George Meany Center for Labor Studies/Antioch University and a M.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Anna Hui

Anna Hui, Midwestern Regional Coordinator

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Director
421 E. Dunklin St. P.O. Box 504 | Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504 | Phone: (573) 751-4091 | FAX: (573) 751-4135

Mid-Western Region
Representing:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Anna Hui was appointed as Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in March 2017, making her the first Asian-American to serve in the governor’s cabinet in Missouri history. For more than two decades, Anna has worked in numerous senior positions in both state and federal government. Anna started her public service career working for Illinois Governor Jim Edgar as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Asian-American affairs and then for Governor George Ryan, as a senior-member of the Washington, D.C. policy management team.

In President George W. Bush's Administration, Anna served as Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she coordinated major domestic and international programs and activities on labor and workforce safety and standards issue. In that position, Anna spearheaded efforts to encourage diversity and the inclusion of historically underserved communities in the Department’s programs and Federal government management.

After leaving federal service in 2009 and until she returned to Illinois in 2015, she was Chief of Staff to former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao at the Heritage Foundation.

From 2015 to 2017, Anna served as Assistant Director and later as Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Labor. Across the Mississippi, she delivered results for workers and employers by enacting much-needed reforms, eliminating costly inefficacies, and modernizing services and technology.

Anna received a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a M.S.M. and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently lives with her family in Columbia.


Dr. Sam Mabini

Sam Mabini, Western Regional Coordinator

Guam Department of Labor, Director
414 West Soledad Avenue Suite 400, GCIC Building | Hagatna, Guam 96910 | Phone: (671) 475-7044 | FAX: (671) 475-6811

Western Region
Representing: Alaska, America Samoa Trust Territories, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Dr. Shirley “Sam” Mabini was born and raised in Guam and currently serves as the Director for the Guam Department of Labor. She oversees the compliance divisions, as well as the workforce development and training divisions of the department. She has a M.Ed. in Work, Community and Family Education, and a Ph.D. in Work and Human Resource Education.

She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Maryland University College teaching Diversity Awareness, research and college success. Prior to her role at the Guam Department of Labor, Dr. Mabini was the Provost, V.P. of Academics & Advancement at the Pacific Islands University. Her extensive teaching experience includes: Pacific Islands University, Professor in college success; University of San Diego, Professor for Graduate Courses in civic engagement; Guam Community College, Instructor in business, social science; International Business College on Guam, Instructor in business courses (accounting, business law, communication, human resource management). Sam’s collegiate career also includes being an Associate Dean at the Guam Community College, and a research assistant at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mabini was the first Filipino-American woman to hold a Senatorial seat in the Guam Legislature, serving from January 2010 to December 2012. As a Senator, she worked diligently on numerous initiatives, focusing on the areas of education and workforce development, to improve and enhance the livelihood of Guam citizens. These initiatives were designed to empower and inspire young adults to connect their education to the real world. The passage of the College and Career Readiness Act (CCaRe Act), which updates the old curricular structures in Guam DOE to better prepare students for life beyond high school, was one of her most successful initiatives.

Another highlight of Dr. Mabini’s senatorial career was launching the first Career and Technical Summit in the region. “Courageous Conversations” was conducted at the Governor’s Complex, to discuss how to successfully guide youth and young adults through successful lifelong learning. She is responsible for launching in 2016 the Guam Association of Career and Technical Education to serve the region, and has been an active member of the national Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the research organization (ACTER). The GUAM ACTE supports teachers and students in the development of career goals and pathways, serving Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, Palau, as well as FSM and RMI. Dr. Mabini continues to be involved in the community through volunteer activities, including board membership in the Guam Symphony Society, Soroptimist International of Guam, Filipino Community of Guam, and as host of a local community-based radio show.

In Minnesota, Dr. Mabini was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura to be the first Pacific Islander to serve in the State Council on Asian and Pacific Minnesotans (2001-2003).