Ling Becker to join county as Director of Workforce Solutions
Ling Becker has been selected as the Director of Ramsey County’s Workforce Solutions department. Her responsibilities include providing overall vision and leadership to more than 80 department staff who provide workforce development services for job seekers and businesses throughout Ramsey County. She will begin work in this role on March 4, working primarily from department offices in North Saint Paul.
“We are delighted to welcome Ling to Ramsey County,” said Johanna Berg, Deputy County Manager of Economic Growth and Community Investment. “Her extensive background and leadership in economic development for local government and the nonprofit sector will position us well to drive system improvements and innovations to meet the employment needs of our residents and local businesses.”
Becker is currently Executive Director of the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation, where she has served since 2014. Prior to this role, she was the principal of her own consulting firm – a specialty firm focused on local government and nonprofits. Earlier in her career, Becker worked as project administrator for the Metropolitan Council and a process analyst for Andersen Consulting, LLP. Becker will report to Berg and will serve on the county’s Senior Management Team.
“It is a privilege to be a part of Ramsey County and to lead the Workforce Solutions team,” said Becker. “It is an opportune time for Ramsey County to leverage collaborations to ensure economic inclusion and prosperity for all residents within our community. Workforce development is an area I am very passionate about and I look forward to dedicating my skills and experience to this outstanding department while serving the community.”
Becker earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Minnesota. In 2017, she led a workforce partnership targeting manufacturing careers for youth that was awarded the Economic Development Association of Minnesota’s Partnership Award. She was recognized as a (REAL) Power 50 recipient by Minnesota Business Magazine in 2018. She lives in Inver Grove Heights with her husband Steve and daughter Anna. They also have two college students in Michigan.