The WDC and Our Work

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is a nonprofit workforce “think tank” and grant-making organization whose mission is to support a strong economy and ensure the ability of each person to achieve self-sufficiency.

Established in 2000 by the King County Executive and the Mayor of Seattle, the WDC is led by a board of directors with a private-sector majority. We oversee a wide range of employment-related programs and initiatives, serving thousands of King County youth, adults and businesses each year.

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Marlena Sessions

Marléna Sessions
Chief Executive Officer

Since becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2009, Marléna Sessions has guided the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County to national prominence as an innovative leader in job training initiatives. In 2010, the Working for America Institute named the organization one of the top four workforce boards in the U.S.

Marléna is a board officer on the Executive Committee for the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, serves on the King County Aerospace Alliance, and the Washington Workforce Association Executive Committee. She is a member of the Seattle Colleges Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the South King County STEM Network leadership board, the Washington Interactive Network board of directors, and the visiting committee of the University of Washington Educational Outreach. She serves on the Washington Families Fund Leadership Committee.

Besides offering expert testimony to Congress and guidance to the U.S. Department of Labor, she was the 2013 president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, and continues to serve on its board of trustees, is a founding member of the National Advisory Group for Connecting Homeless Jobseekers to the workforce system, and is a member of the steering and advisory committee for the National STEM Consortium.

Marléna holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor of arts in political science from Whitworth University.  Marléna lives in Issaquah, Washington with her husband, Paul Ringo and is the proud mother of Isabel and Isak.