Steve Braun was appointed in 2014 to serve as Indiana’s Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, which is tasked with building a highly skilled and educated Hoosier workforce that can compete in the global economy.
Prior to leading DWD, Braun served in the Indiana House of Representatives, while continuing to remain active as an entrepreneur in tech companies and in real estate and agriculture. As a member of the Indiana Legislature, Representative Braun served on the Republican Caucus Leadership Team and the Ways & Means Committee. He co-authored the Career Council Agenda Bill with the Speaker of the House. Representative Braun perhaps made his biggest mark while serving in the House as the author of the Regional Cities Bill, which has driven over $100M state dollars and close to $1B in private investment leverage.
A graduate of Harvard University, Commissioner Braun was born and raised in Southern Indiana. After receiving a business degree, Braun immediately went to work for Price Waterhouse. Shortly after, he then started his own technology consulting business that grew to over 750 employees across 13 offices nationwide. Both experiences have given him a unique understanding and true perspective of the real challenges facing today’s diverse workforce.
Commissioner Braun and Jennifer, his wife of 35 years, reside in central Indiana where they have raised their five children, and are active members of the community.
Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Nonte's duties include oversight of various finance, accounting and budgeting activities at the DWD. He also works with the Commissioner and his executive staff to originate, coordinate and execute the focused strategy of the agency.
Prior to joining state government, Mr. Nonte worked as a certified financial planner and advised individuals on ideas for managing their retirement and non-retirement investment portfolios. He was also a certified public accountant where he prepared individual and corporate tax returns and performed audits of financial statements for businesses.
Mr. Nonte is originally from Jasper, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is an avid sports fan and considers golf as one of his favorite pastimes.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Ashley provides leadership, management and vision to DWD’s workforce team. She is responsible for assisting the workforce team in delivering measurable, cost-effective results that make the agency’s vision a reality. Ms. Ashley served as Chief Strategy Officer and Associate Chief Operations Officer of Policy prior to moving to the COO role.
Prior to DWD, Ms. Ashley worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services for eight years, first as Deputy General Counsel and then as Deputy Director of Placement Support and Compliance, where she was responsible for ensuring the safety of over 10,000 children placed in out-of-home care. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Ashley served as a Commissioner for the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division and worked as a civil litigation associate for law firms in Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis.
Ms. Ashley grew up in Indianapolis. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana. Ms. Ashley resides in Indianapolis and is married with three children.
Chief Communications Officer
Mr. Birge’s primary responsibilities include oversight of all internal and external communications for the agency and providing strategic planning and direction of all marketing and messaging initiatives. Prior to joining DWD, he served as Director of Corporate Communications with Republic Airways, an Indianapolis-based regional airline. Bob also served in similar roles with technology start-up Blue Pillar, accounting and consulting firm Crowe Horwath, and Indianapolis-based law firm Bingham McHale (now Bingham Greenbaum Doll).
Mr. Birge is a graduate of UCLA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, with a major in Motion Picture/Television.
Bob is married with four children and resides on the far northeast side of Indianapolis.
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Elliott's responsibilities will include oversight of DWD's existing IT activities and providing the vision to further enhance the availability and usage of data to drive valued outcomes. Prior to joining DWD, he had a successful career of spanning three decades in various IT roles within the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Elliot is a graduate of Indiana State University with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mr. Elliot is an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He is originally from Jasper, IN and has resided in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood in Indianapolis for over 20 years.
Jeff Gill has served as General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development since July of 2011. His duties include oversight of the Agency Legal Division, the Unemployment Insurance Review Board, Governmental Affairs and Compliance Monitoring under the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA). Before joining DWD, Jeff worked as Assistant General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Administration where he also served in the capacity of Executive Director of Executive Branch Lobbying. Jeff initially joined state government as Deputy Inspector General when newly elected Governor Mitch Daniels created the Office of Inspector General by executive order in 2005.
Prior to joining state government, Jeff worked for 14 years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Indianapolis, where most of that time was spent as a supervisor in the Major Felony Division trying over 20 murder trials including one capital case.
Jeff is originally from Columbus, Indiana and graduated with honors from Ball State University. He earned his law degree from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Indiana University in 1990.
Jeff is married and has two children. He resides in Pike Township in Indianapolis.
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Goodwin works closely with the Commissioner and the Executive Team to develop, communicate, execute and sustain strategic initiatives that improve the quality of workforce development efforts in the state. He is responsible for establishing essential, programmatic performance metrics and creating the culture necessary for the organization to accomplish its strategic objectives.
Prior to joining the Department of Workforce Development, Mr. Goodwin worked as the Deputy Legislative Director and Policy Director in the Office of former-Governor Michael R. Pence. He has served the state in multiple capacities, also working for the Professional Licensing Agency and the House of Representatives.
Mr. Goodwin grew up and currently resides in Indianapolis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Unemployment Insurance Director
Ms. Shelby provides leadership, management and vision to DWD's Unemployment Insurance program. She is a member of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies' Unemployment Insurance Committee.
Prior to joining DWD, Ms. Shelby was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, focusing on special victim and major felony cases. She also served as a Deputy Attorney General at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, where she represented the State of Indiana in a variety of matters including civil defense litigation, constitutional challenges and civil enforcement actions. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Shelby worked as a civil litigation attorney in private practice.
Ms. Shelby grew up in Evansville. She earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in law and society from Purdue University. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana. Ms. Shelby lives in Brownsburg with her husband and two children. Ms. Shelby enjoys volunteering in her community.