Secretary of Labor
Dr. Megan Healy
Secretary Megan Healy serves on Governor Northam’s Cabinet as his Secretary of Labor. 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 Secretary of Labor
Jane Dittmar serves in the Northam Administration as the Deputy Secretary of Labor. Her responsibilities include acting as state lead for the Virginia Future of Workforce Taskforce, which examines the growing gig economy and the working environment of the gig workforce, staff lead for the Misclassification and Wage Theft Taskforce, staff lead for the Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) and she serves 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 as a Supreme Court certified mediator 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. Post Baccalaureate includes the UVA Darden School’s Executive Program and Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy.
Assistant Secretary of Labor
Felix Schapiro is the Assistant Secretary of Labor. 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.
Policy and Communications Advisor to the Secretary of Labor
Meaghan Green is the Policy and Communications Advisor to the Secretary of Labor. 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.
Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
Hannah Mercer is the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor. Prior to her appointment by Governor Northam, Hannah worked as an Economic Analyst for the Federal Government and was a 2017 Mayor’s Fellow in the Finance Department. A native of Richmond, Hannah graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Secretary of Labor
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