Stan Ahlerich is currently serving as executive director of workforce and innovation and directs the Workforce AID initiative at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Previously he served as the executive director of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2011 through 2016. Ahlerich served as president of Kansas, Inc. a public/private economic policy research agency from 2004 until 2010. His professional background has been in the area of agriculture where he owns, manages, and operates an agricultural enterprise in central Kansas. He served as president and chairman of the Board of Kansas Farm Bureau and led the restructuring of its assets to align with its core mission. Ahlerich has worked in the area of economic development at the local and state level and has multi-level experience with financial institutions.
Ahlerich has been involved with leadership training, particularly in the area of youth and young professionals. He was a charter board member of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) program and served as its chairman. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership and innovation and was a recipient of the John J. McCloy Germany Fellowship. He was also recognized by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture with its Service to Agriculture Award.
Ahlerich is a graduate of Kansas State University with a major in Agricultural Economics.