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  • Jessica Thomasson

    President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota


    Jessica Thomasson serves as the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc. – two non-profit corporations that, together with their partners, help people and communities across the state of North Dakota thrive through their efforts related to affordable housing, child care, disaster response, senior services, and support for young families.  Before becoming CEO, Jessica was responsible for creating the organization’s affordable housing subsidiary, which develops, owns and manages affordable rental housing in rural North Dakota communities. LSS currently has more than twenty projects either operating or under development in communities all across the state.


    Previously, Jessica was the Senior Deputy Director of the Fannie Mae North Dakota Community Business Center where she partnered with lenders and community leaders from across the state to find creative solutions to local housing challenges. She also spent eight years as the Senior Community Development Planner for the City of Fargo where she was involved with the city’s neighborhood planning, affordable housing, homelessness and downtown development efforts.  She has been a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Advisory Committee since 2008 and currently serves as its chairperson. Jessica is originally from Park River, ND, and is married with two sons, ages 10 and 13.


    Presentation Overview

    Immigration, Refugees, and Workforce

    how they are connected in the business community's role

    Join experienced practitioners John Keller and Jessica Thomasson as we consider how to more effectively engage new populations in the workforce and explore the opportunity and challenges of workforce diversity. Learn about trends and future immigration issues in the MACE region and the successes, challenges and lessons learned concerning immigrant families employers and communities. These experts will help us understand the chamber of commerce role in dealing with the sometimes difficult issues surrounding immigration and refugee populations.