Former United States Ambassador to Switzerland

Suzi LeVine

Suzi LeVine’s non-linear career and path to the workforce development world features experiences and expertise from the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a consistent North Star of impact. She most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration at the United States Department of Labor with a portfolio including unemployment insurance, apprenticeship, Job Corps, workforce development, foreign labor certification and more. She led the 1,000-person organization through the administration transition, managed an $11 billion budget, grew the organization by over 10% in 6 months, oversaw the issuance of more than $8 billion in workforce system grants, helped secure $2 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for the Unemployment Insurance System and revived the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.

This follows public sector positions as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and the Commissioner for the Washington state Employment Security Department. During her time as Ambassador, highlights included increasing foreign direct investment by $3 billion and growing the Swiss model of apprenticeship in the United States. Among her many accomplishments as Commissioner, she ran the 2,500-person agency, overseeing the on-time and on-budget launch of the nation’s first built-from-scratch Paid Family and Medical Leave program, delivering half a billion dollars to over 100,000 people in its first year. In the face of the pandemic, her agency hired 1,000 people in six months and provided over a million people with over $14 billion in unemployment benefits in only ten months.

Her private and non-profit sector roles included Windows 95 product manager and Director of Communications for Education at Microsoft and Vice President for Sales and Marketing in Luxury Travel at Expedia, Inc. Twice during her career, she was a stay-at-home mom of two kids, during which time she co-founded two non-profit organizations. She was a founding board member of CareerWise, stepping off during her time at the United States Department of Labor. In addition to returning to to the CareerWise board, Suzi serves on the non-profit boards of RIPL (Research Improving People’s Lives) and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and on the corporate board for Publicis Groupe. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical engineering with aerospace applications and a Bachelor of Arts in English.