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Scott Sanders

Executive Director, NASWA


Scott B. Sanders became Executive Director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) on October 20, 2014. He previously served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) since May 1, 2012 and was a member of the cabinet of Governor Michael Pence and Governor Mitchell Daniels. DWD managed and implemented training and employment programs for Hoosiers, collaborated on regional economic growth initiatives for Indiana, coordinated the adult education system, and oversaw the unemployment insurance system.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Scott served as the Deputy Commissioner of Systems Information and Analysis from July 2010 to April 2012, and was the agency’s Chief Financial Officer from November 2006 to July 2010. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles from May 2005 to November 2006.

Scott has many years of financial management experience prior to his role at DWD. Before joining state government, he was with First Commonwealth, Inc., a managed health care company, based in Chicago, IL. There he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1995—2002 and as President from 2002—2004. Following the purchase of First Commonwealth, Inc. by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Scott continued as Second Vice President. 

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Scott resides in Washington D.C. as well as in Indianapolis with his wife.