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Heidi Drygas is commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, where she has focused on strengthening Alaska’s middle class by expanding training opportunities and enforcing the state's labor laws.

Before being appointed to the commissioner's post by Gov. Bill Walker in December 2014, Drygas served for nearly a decade as general counsel to the Alaska District Council of Laborers. Earlier, she worked as an associate at an Anchorage law firm with practice areas in natural resource, administrative, property, commercial and insurance law.

A resident of Juneau and lifelong Alaskan, Drygas earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and her law degree from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

January 25, 2016

What a State Can Do to Build Its Middle Class

Alaska's efforts to protect and boost wages are comprehensive, and they're paying off.