Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor
Megan Healy, Ph.D.
Secretary Megan Healy serves on Governor Northam’s Cabinet as his Chief Workforce Advisor. As the Commonwealth’s highest-ranking workforce officer, she oversees a range of regional, state, and federal programs that connect Virginians to the skills, training, and opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.
Secretary Healy supports workers across the Commonwealth in the areas of unemployment insurance, worker discrimination and protections, workforce training, and licensing and occupational regulations. She is Governor Northam’s chief liaison to the federal US Department of Labor and has oversight over the Virginia Employment Commission and Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Secretary Healy also works closely with the Commonwealth’s labor and business communities, in addition to her state government partners, to develop accessible pathways into high-demand jobs.
Having started her career as science professor at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Secretary Healy keenly appreciates how education and worker supports can change lives and communities. Prior to joining the Northam administration, she served as Virginia’s first Director of STEM-H under Governor McAuliffe before returning to the Virginia Community College System as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academics and Employer Partnerships. Secretary Megan Healy is a proud product of Virginia’s public schools, holding a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate from Old Dominion University.
Deputy Chief Workforce Development Advisor
Jane Dittmar is the Deputy Chief Workforce Advisor to Governor Northam. Her responsibilities include acting as the state lead for the Virginia Future of Workforce Taskforce, which examines the growing gig economy and the working environment of the gig workforce. and serving as the Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.
Prior to joining the Northam Administration, Dittmar served in elected office as a County Supervisor as well as the chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. A key focus during Dittmar’s tenure was improving infrastructure, specifically highway and county roads, and deploying reliable, affordable Internet and cell service to the county’s rural areas. After leaving elected office, she served from 2016-2019 as Chief of Staff for Del. David Toscano (VA-57), then Minority Leader in the Virginia General Assembly.
Jane Dittmar is also a principal in Positive Solutions Group and a business consultant specializing in strategic planning. Her background is business; she has owned and worked with many businesses in the Commonwealth, particularly when she served as President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia. She also attended the UVA Darden School’s Executive Program and Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy.
Policy Analyst for Workforce Development
Felix Schapiro is a Workforce Policy Analyst in the office of the Chief Workforce Advisor. Prior to his appointment by Governor Northam, Felix served in the McAuliffe administration helping both the Secretary of Natural Resources and the Secretary of Education communicate their message to the public. A native of Richmond, Felix studied Government and Philosophy at the College of William and Mary before joining state government.
Meaghan Green is a Special Assistant in the office of the Chief Workforce Advisor. Prior to her appointment by Governor Northam, Meaghan served with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and was a 2018 Governor’s Fellow in the Office of the Chief Workforce Advisor. Meaghan is a native of Richmond and graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy.
Office of the Chief Workforce Advisor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
For regular U.S. mail, please use the following address:
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218