Nelson San Juan, Deputy Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner Nelson San Juan serves as a deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. San Juan has worked for the State of Alaska for 26 years, 23 of them with the department prior to his role as deputy. He has dedicated his career to Alaska workers, employers, and the business community.
Prior to serving as deputy commissioner, San Juan was the principal liaison between the department and Alaska’s seafood industry. He managed and conducted numerous special employment and orientation events to recruit for and fill thousands of job openings annually. He traveled to and worked extensively with rural communities from Dutch Harbor and Nunam Iqua to King Salmon, Bethel, Atka, Cordova, Togiak, and Emmonak. He met with a variety of agencies, groups, and organizations to promote Alaska hire and the department’s workforce development programs. During that period, San Juan developed a network of contacts and resources in Alaska, Washington, California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and other states.
San Juan has a B.A. in Economics from Adamson University in Manila (Philippines). He volunteers for more than 10 local nonprofit and community groups, and he enjoys traveling and hiking. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Bella.