May 20, 2020
Nancy Leppink
Minnesota Commissioner of Labor & Industry

Nancy Leppink was appointed by Gov. Tim Walz in February 2019 as the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s (DLI) commissioner.

Leppink previously represented DLI as an assistant attorney general and then worked as the agency’s general counsel from 1999 to 2009. After 24 years in state service, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to be the deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and led the division as its acting administrator.

During June 2014 to February 2019, Leppink served as a branch chief for the International Labour Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was responsible for its international work to assist the governments and the employer and worker organizations of its 187 member states to improve their labor administration, labor inspection and occupational safety and health capacities.

Leppink is a graduate of the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science) and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota.