The WDC board is a committed, active group that is made up of a majority from the private sector, as well as leaders from labor groups, youth and adult education, and state and local government agencies. Board members participate on several committees, most of which meet about five times a year for an hour and a half. In addition, the full membership of the WDC board meets three times a year, including our annual meeting and reception in June.

Membership on the Workforce Development Council (WDC) Board represents a unique opportunity to support a strong economy and the ability of each person to achieve self-sufficiency. The WDC board is a “roll-up-your-sleeves” working group dedicated to meeting the workforce development needs of our region.

The Application Process

There is a formal selection process for appointing Workforce Development Council Board Members:

1. A resume and nomination letter are submitted to:

  • Business representatives are appointed from among individuals who are nominated by local business organizations or business trade associations.

  • Labor represented are appointed from among individuals who are nominated by Central Labor Councils.

  • Adult education representatives and higher education representatives are appointed from nominations solicited from those particular entities.

  • All other representatives are appointed from among individuals who are nominated by locally-recognized organizations or entities, such as chambers of commerce, non-profit networks, or coalitions, etc.

2. A review committee comprised of the WDC Board Officers will interview the applicant and make a recommendation to the WDC Finance Committee for approval. This recommendation is based on what would best complement the existing composition of the WDC Board in pursuing its vision and mission and WIOA-mandated requirements.

3. Local Elected Officials make the final appointment.

4. Each member shall be appointed for a two-year regular term, which regular term (except for the initial members) will begin on the first day of July and end on the last day of June. Members may repeat as many terms as the chief elected officials shall determine.


See the full list of current members here.

WDC Board and Committee Meeting Calendar

WDC Committees

Executive Committee
Chair:  Tom Peterson, Hoffman Construction Company

  • Acts on behalf of the full board in all areas except those specified in our bylaws as exclusive to the full board.

Industry and Employment Committee
Chair:  Dan Johnson , Fatigue Technology
Vice Chair: Scott Craig, Crowley Maritime

  • Develops strategies and oversees operations that connect adult job seekers with education and employment opportunities and open paths to job and wage progression;
  • Identifies gaps in services to target populations; leads coordination efforts across public programs and systems; directs “lean” and “quality” system improvements;
  • Develops and implements strategies that align the region’s workforce supply with industry demand as the foundation for economic growth;
  • Identifies workforce needs in industry sectors which contribute significantly to regional growth and offer middle-to-high wage jobs with accessible career ladders.

Youth Committee
Chair:  Lee Newgent, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO

  • Develops strategies and oversee operations that prepare in-school and out-of-school youth for the world of work through education, career exploration, skill development and work experience;
  • Aligns career development activities for youth with identified industry needs and trends;
  • Engages both K-12 and post-secondary education in efforts to expand access to career education and labor market information to interested students and their parents.

Finance Committee
Chair:  Deborah Doyle, Program Integrity Director, Washington State, DSHS Economic Services Administration

  • Oversees the financial health of the organization and internal organization, including budget, audit, fundraising, and board membership.

Access Sub-Committee
Chair:  Rob Hines, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Formed as a direct response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirement to develop and support access solutions for the 14 populations facing barriers to employment. It also supports the Washington Workforce Board’s Barrier and Access Solution Committee.