Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland appointed Daniel (Danny) Giddens to serve as the Commerce Department’s Assistant Secretary of the Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS). Since December, Giddens has served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the division. 

Danny Giddens will continue guiding the department’s efforts to help people in North Carolina find jobs and help businesses find talent. DWS administers a statewide system of workforce programs that prepares North Carolina’s citizens for employment and helps businesses find the talent they need to thrive. 

Giddens served as Director of Field Operations at DWS before serving as Acting Assistant Secretary. In that capacity, he provided policy direction and strategic oversight to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Trade Act, Title III Employment Services, Special Programs, and Management Information System activities within the division. 

Before coming to North Carolina in 2001, Giddens had more than 15 years of experience as the director of a local Workforce Development Board in Georgia.

Giddens graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Business Management.

Danny Giddens’ appointment is effective immediately.