Andrea Ferstan
Executive Director, Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council

Andrea is the executive director of the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council, a newly created, inclusive leadership entity for regional workforce development strategy in the seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. Prior to this, she was the vice president of Talent and Workforce for TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, where she oversaw the design, execution and evaluation of a regional partnership with 5 school districts aimed at scaling career connected experiences for students and educators, elimination of education disparities, and access to sustaining careers. She also worked as the director of Education and Jobs at Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she managed $19M in investments annually to support work across the cradle to career continuum. During this time, she spearheaded Career Academies, a $13M statewide 9-14+ grade career pathway initiative aimed sat significantly improving high school graduation rates and postsecondary enrollment and completion amongst underrepresented communities. While at United Way, she also lead a collaborative policy effort that resulted in $2.5M in Adult Career Pathway funding and an Outcomes Dashboard for workforce development.

Andrea is a recognized leader in education and workforce development and is known for leading regional and statewide program and policy initiatives, driving process improvement, and developing cross-sector partnerships. Andrea has served as a national spokesperson and thought partner. She has a Master of Social Work degree in policy, planning and administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison.