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Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer

Since becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2009, Marléna Sessions has guided the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County in Washington State to national prominence as an innovative leader in job training initiatives. The Council received the first-ever awarded Trailblazer Award in 2016 from the National Association of Workforce Boards, selected out of 550 boards nationwide for outstanding practice. The Working for America Institute named the organization one of the top four workforce boards in the United States.

Marléna is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations and for the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the United States Conference of Mayors’ Workforce Development Council. Additionally, Marléna serves on the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education's Policy Committee. She was appointed to Washington State Governor Inslee's Life Science Panel as well as the Workforce Development Panel for Life Sciences and Global Health. Marléna has offered expert testimony to Congress, and was the 2013 President of the United States Conference of Mayors' Workforce Development Council. She founded the National Advisory Group for Connecting Homeless Jobseekers to the workforce system.

Marléna holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitworth University.  


Our Team

Amy Lechner - Policy & Contracts Manager

Beth Blanchard - WorkSource System Director

Bryan Pannell - Performance Manager

Cathy Wacker - Executive Assistant

Cruz Gallegos - Project Manager

Dot Fallihee - Chief Operating Officer

Kay Neill - Data Analyst, WorkSourceWA Training Coordinator

Hannah Mello - Strategic Communications Manager

Judith Morel - Project Manager

Kevin McKinnon - Budget Manager

Marcelle Wellington - Chief Administrative Officer & Local EO Officer

Liesel Schilperoort - Project Manager

Marléna Sessions - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Davie - Director of Youth & Special Initiatives

Min Song - Community Relations Manager

Radhika Baliga - Accountant

Seanna Melchior Ruvkun - Project Manager

Suzanne Ramage - HR Manager / Executive Assistant

Trinity Chandler - Project Manager

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