Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is pleased to announce that Sean Skibbie has been appointed as Director, Contract Compliance. Skibbie has a strong background in construction work and in compliance that makes him a great fit for this position.
Skibbie most recently worked as the Small Business Contracting Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights, with compliance oversight for approximately $3 billion a year of publicly-funded contracts. He also spent time at MnDOT enforcing prevailing wage requirements. His professional career began as a small business owner, operating a Minnesota based painting company. As the company owner Skibbie oversaw all administrative tasks and sales with the business and as well as operating logistics and managing the workforce.
Skibbie began working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2011. He first worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation Labor and Compliance Unit as a prevailing wage investigator. In this position he investigated contractors for prevailing wage violations and accompanying labor compliance issues. Sean later worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation as a contract compliance officer. There Skibbie oversaw the implementation and compliance of the Alaska DOT’s entire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This included oversight of project monitoring, working with consultants to complete a disparity study, and the day to day operations of setting project DBE goals and conducting good faith effort investigations when contractors failed to meet DBE goals. Skibbie then returned to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he gained experience in Workforce programs and as the Small Business Contracting Supervisor. In this position Skibbie managed a team of ten employees. As manager he improved monitoring practices on active projects and initiated procurement changes to increase small business participation.
Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Sean Skibbie in saying, “Sean is going to be great in his new role leading the Contract Compliance Division because he is passionate about equity and fairness, and demonstrates a commitment to high quality work. I’m most impressed by his ability to lead and work well with others, particularly his experience overseeing the Alaska DOT disadvantaged business enterprise program where he transformed the office culture to one of consistent productivity and teamwork. Furthermore, he has a unique combination of both academic training and real world experience that is essential to success in contract compliance oversight. He has knowledge of small business issues as both a contract and former business owner and knowledge of civil rights history and issues from both education and experience. Such a combination is hard to find. He is a bright and thoughtful young leader, who we gladly welcome to the leadership team.”
Skibbie received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family. Skibbie is an avid runner and has participated twice in the Twin Cities marathon. He is married to a Minnesota psychologist, Vang, and has three daughters. He began his work at the City on December 5, 2016.