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Department of Commerce

Shawn Kessel 
Interim Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner
701-328-5300


James Leiman
Senior Manager of Economic Development Initiatives
701-328-5388


Administrative Staff

Sherri Frieze
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner

701-328-5311

Denise Faber
Executive Assistant to Deputy Commissioner/HR Specialist
701-328-7282

Ginger Johnson
Executive Assistant for Strategy and Research
701-328-5367

Finance

Celeste Engelhard
Account/Budget Manager
701-328-5306

Michelle Halone
Accounting/Budget Specialist

701-328-5398

Lori Nitsch
Grants and Contracts Officer
701-328-2693
 
Marketing and Communications

Kim Schmidt
Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager
701-328-2532

Jesse Bradley
Communications Manager
701-328-5300

Tricia Miller
Digital Systems Manager
701-328-5328
 
Information Technology

Brad Rosenfeldt
Risk Management/Information Technology Manager
701-328-5362
 
Census Office

Kevin Iverson
Census Office Manager
701-328-5385

Joe Cicha
Census Specialist
701-328-7283
 
Office of Innovation

Holly Holt
Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives
701-328-4497

Carla Valentine
Accountability Manager
‚Äč701-328-3698
 
Partners

Tony Richards 
Director of Impact Dakota (Manufacturing Extension Partnership)
701-354-0976

Deb Eslinger
Director - Center for Technology & Business
701-223-0707

David Martin
Director - SBDC
701-777-6825

Simon Wilson
Executive Director - North Dakota Trade Office
701-231-1159
 
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