Q&A with Ali Bilden Camps, Northspan Consultant and NORTHFORCE Program Manager

Ali Bilden Camps joined Northspan in 2022 as a consultant and provides community and organizational development services. Ali manages the NORTHFORCE program by connecting career-minded individuals with professional advancement opportunities and supporting our regional employers’ current and future workforce needs.

Ali brings over 15 years of nonprofit management and community development experience including working with organizations and individuals across all sectors. She has roots in northern Wisconsin and has called northeast Minnesota home for almost 20 years.

How did you get involved with Northspan? What drew you to your current role?

I began working with Northspan about a year ago as a consultant for the NORTHFORCE program. In May 2022, I started full time as a consultant for Northspan and program manager for NORTHFORCE. I was drawn to my current role because I enjoy working with employers and candidates, as well as partnering with workforce development agencies throughout the region to improve the economic landscape of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Can you share some highlights from projects you’re working on now and in the months ahead?

We have so many wonderful things happening this spring! NORTHFORCE is hosting four career fairs at Minnesota North Colleges in March and coordinating the Discover Healthcare event for northwest Wisconsin in April. The career fairs are designed to bring employers to the Minnesota North Colleges to meet with students who are interested in summer jobs, full-time employment, post-graduation employment, and internships. The Discover Healthcare event is aimed at getting high school students excited about working in the health care field.

What do you enjoy the most about working with Northspan?

The best thing about working at Northspan is being part of a high-achieving, mission-based team of professionals. I also enjoy creating relationships throughout the community to partner on projects like child care, employment, strategic planning, and community engagement.

Connect with Ali by phone at (218) 481-7737 or by email at acamps@northspan.org.