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Steve Grove

Steve Grove

Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Steve Grove is Commissioner of DEED, the state's principal workforce and economic development agency. Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Commissioner Grove was an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google's News Lab, a global division that partners with media companies and startups to drive innovation in the news industry. He has built teams in over a dozen countries and launched partnerships in over 50 countries, including a global technology training effort that trained over 500,000 people every year. Prior to joining Google, he wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News. Commissioner Grove holds a master's in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College. He also co-founded a nonprofit with his wife Mary called Silicon North Stars, which helps youth from underserved communities in Minnesota pursue careers in technology. In 2018, the Groves moved from Silicon Valley to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two-year-old twins.