Deniece ThomasDeputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Deniece Thomas is Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Thomas is responsible for the oversight of the Workforce Services, Adult Education, and WIRED divisions.
Appointed Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Services division in December 2018, Thomas began her career with the state of Tennessee in 2007 at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She previously served in a variety of roles within the agency including Workforce Services Director 1, Workforce Services Director 2, Employment Security Manager 1, Employment Manager 3, and Employment Security Interviewer Supervisor. Thomas is a member of the National Association of State Agencies (NASWA) Board of Directors since September 2018, member of the National Employment and Training Committee and Veterans since 2015 and she serves on the National Apprenticeship Workgroup. Additionally, she also serves as the State Workforce Liaison for the National Governor’s Association since January 2018, the National Association of State Workforce Association, the Governor’s Economic Development Council and the State Workforce Board.
Thomas is a 2014 Graduate of LEAD Tennessee Alliance 5. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University in Nashville and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.