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Biography of Regional Administrator


Regional Administrator
Chicago, U.S. Department of Labor – Employment & Training Administration

Byron Zuidema was appointed as Chicago’s ETA Regional Administrator by Alexis Herman in May of 1998.   As a member of ETA’s Senior Executive Service, Zuidema provides leadership to national, state and local leaders to promote workforce solutions which meet the needs of employers, workers, and communities.   He recently served as ETA’s Administrative Officer while Acting Administrator of the Office of Financial and Administrative Management.

Zuidema’s career in workforce and community development spans local, state, and federal levels of leadership.  He also has experience in the private sector where he worked with software and technology companies.  While at the local and state level he was elected to chair a variety of legislative and policy groups.

Zuidema embraces life long learning and actively supports professional standards. He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and ‘Life Time Member’ of National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).  He is a frequent speaker at a variety of workforce and economic development events.  Prior to this appointment Byron served as:

  • President - Minnesota Software Association,
  • Assistant Commissioner - MN Department of Economic Security
  • Executive Director - Heartland Community Action, Willmar, Minnesota.

Other past experiences include: Chair of the National Governor’s Association Workforce Liaisons, Co-Chair/original founder of the Enterprise Council and honored with Vice President Gore’sNational Performance Review Hammer Award, Minnesota Council on Quality, and Who’s Who of America.