Dina Klimkina is the Program Director of the Education and Workforce Team at Center of Innovation at The Council of State Governments. Dina manages CSG’s programming with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability , The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE Youth) , KY’s Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN), the CSG East Education and Workforce Committee, and a variety of other projects . She also performs research and policy analysis, develops reports and presentations, and conducts outreach and engagement with stakeholders as needed. Prior to CSG, she worked at the University of Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the One Earth Future Foundation, and the United Nations, among other organizations.
The CSG disability employment policy team works with state policy makers, federal agencies, individuals with disabilities, leading non-profits think tanks, and research institutions to identify policies and practices that can i mprove the quality and quantity of employment and training opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In this effort , CSG provides policymakers with customized research and policy analysis , training , facilitation , and hands-on implementation and technical assistance on topics that can reduce barriers to employment and help states create more inclusive work forces. Examples of our key partner institutions include the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy, Cornell University, the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, the University of Massachusetts Medical School , and the National Conference of State Legislatures among others.
Disability Employment Policy at CSG
Elise is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Council of State Governments. She conducts research and creates content to assist state policymakers in the development and implementation of policies and programs that improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Prior to joining CSG, Elise spent six years conducting and overseeing qualitative and quantitative research projects for various clients in Washington, DC. This included four years studying the needs and challenges of state and federal policymakers. Elise received a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College.
The CSG Center of Innovation is a national initiative launched in July 2018 to enhance CSG’s efforts to engage, inform and empower state officials through externally funded initiatives. The center leverages CSG’s considerable convening power and its demonstrated success in providing outreach and technical assistance to the states to acquire external funding for projects focused on CSG member priorities. The CSG Center of Innovation provides a convenient and effective platform to collaborate with these valued partners and leverage those partnerships to secure funding for joint initiatives. Rather than a think tank, the CSG Center of Innovation is a practical resource for state officials in all three branches of government. We offer:
Sydney is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Council of State Governments focusing on barriers to employment for people with disabilities. Sydney has experience in engaging state leaders to discuss policy issues and solutions in a bipartisan and innovative way. Throughout her career, she has researched and analyzed state level polices in a variety of policy areas. Sydney disseminates her research through blogs, articles, and online platforms. Prior to CSG, Sydney worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She received a B.A. from the University of Louisville and an M.P.A from the University of Kentucky.
Elizabeth Whitehouse is the Chief Public Policy Officer at The Council of State Governments. Her work was instrumental in the Work Matters Task Force and has assisted legislators and governors with policy on workforce issues. Previously, she served as the Director of Education and Workforce Development at CSG. Prior to CSG she served in a number of roles within the Kentucky State Government, including the KY Department of Charitable Gaming, the Education and Workforce Cabinet, and the Office of the Governor.
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