Labor Department Executive Director Ellen Golombek Presented with National Recognition

For Immediate Release

Date:                      October 24, 2017
Contact:                 Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at  (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Executive Director Ellen Golombek was recently honored with the President’s Award at the 2017 National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Workforce Summit. The award was presented to Golombek by NASWA Board President and Commissioner for the Washington State Employment Security Department Dale Peinecke.

“Ellen has been an amazing asset to NASWA, to the national workforce system and to her home state of Colorado,” Peinecke said. “And it’s not just Colorado that’s benefitted from her visionary leadership. Ellen has been an active contributor to the success of NASWA and has been instrumental in a number of the technological advances we’ve seen at NASWA over the last several years.”

During her time as Executive Director of CDLE, Golombek has worked to bring together coalitions to advance workforce solutions, led regulatory reforms on behalf of business and created a culture of engagement and accountability. She has brought a number of reforms benefitting businesses and workers, including successfully leading efforts to issue $625 million in unemployment compensation bonds to make Colorado’s unemployment insurance trust fund solvent.  

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award,” Golombek said. “NASWA is a great organization that has done a tremendous amount to build and strengthen the nation’s workforce, and I’m grateful to them for giving me this honor.”

Golombek was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in 2011, bringing almost 20 years of leadership and management to the department. She has taken a lead role in promoting work-based learning, an approach that combines skills training with hands-on instruction in the workplace, including internships, on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

In 2016, Golombek was appointed to the Workforce Information and Advisory Council by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. She is past president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, serves on the the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Leadership Council and on the Executive Board of the National Association of Government Labor Officials.  She is an Executive Committee member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and leads the Governor’s Workforce and Education Cabinet subcommittee.

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) represents the 50 state and three territory workforce agencies, which oversee the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs, employment services, unemployment insurance, employment statistics and labor market and workforce information programming. NASWA delivers policy expertise on these issues