Bob Niemiec is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. Bob served as the Director of the Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) and was the Director of Employment and Community Supports for Community Involvement Programs in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he led the transformation of a traditional day program into a high quality community employment service. Bob has provided training and consultation services in 41 states and 2 Canadian provinces as well as assisting in the planning and facilitation of Employment First events in 12 states.
Bob was a mentor for the Wisconsin Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) in their CRP Rebalancing Project and with T-TAP, a project funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. In these roles, Bob worked with Community Rehabilitation Programs to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with disabilities and to help manage organizational change efforts. Bob is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the Office of Disability Employment Policy Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program.
A graduate of Indiana University, Bob has been in the field of employment with persons with disabilities for over 35 years. Bob has been the Chair of the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council and a member of the Minnesota Governor's Workforce Development Council. He is Past-President of APSE: the Association of People Supporting Employment First, a founding member and former President of Minnesota APSE, former President of the APSE Foundation, a current member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and a founding member of the Minnesota Employment First Coalition.