Ilze ZVĪDRIŅA is the Chair of ELSAC. From 2017 until 2021 she was the Chair of the EU Employment Committee that is tasked with the coordination of employment policies in the EU and reports to the EU Council of Employment and Social ministers. Ilze is also the Deputy Director of the Labour Market Policy Department at the Ministry of Welfare of Latvia. She has more than 15 years of experience in the public sector with having been involved in employment/labour market policies and analysis including active labour market programmes, impact evaluations, minimum wage, mobility/migration, undeclared work, VET, work based learning, labour market integration of groups at risk of social exclusion, employment protection legislation, social assistance, benefits, and others. She designed and steered crisis related active labour market policy measures during the financial, economic crisis in Latvia.