Loren Shimanek

Senior Policy Analyst
Economic Opportunity

Loren Shimanek serves as a senior policy analyst on the NGA Economic Opportunity team where he provides technical assistance through the Workforce Development Technical Assistance Program (WDTAP) and specializes in strategic state planning, workforce development policy, performance and evaluation, and service delivery innovation.

Prior to joining NGA, Loren was a senior research specialist for California’s Workforce Development Board. At the State Board, Loren provided research, evaluation and performance accountability for the implementation of the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Strategic Plan. In this capacity, he worked closely with State Board membership, coordinated and facilitated stakeholder work groups and developed policy guidance with state-level partners. Loren was responsible for negotiating state and local area performance goals on behalf of the Governor and leading evaluations of state-funded workforce innovation initiatives. Loren has also produced industry and county-level employment estimates for the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics program. Loren received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from University of California, Davis.