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.



The WDC’s work has a profound impact on the Seattle-King County community by:

  • Increasing family self-sufficiency through employment and skill development;

  • Aligning education, employers and the public workforce system for efficient and effective use of resources;

  • Bringing millions of federal dollars for economic and workforce development to our area; and

  • Ensuring that young people are prepared for lifelong learning and employment success.

Our four focus areas are:

WorkSource Seattle-King County

The WDC oversees this network of employment centers and sites. Each month, WorkSource Seattle-King County servers 12,000 customers, with 93% customer satisfaction.


Approximately 600 youth are served in WDC-funded year-round programs that focus on academic achievement, work experience and career exploration.

Sector Strategies

We bring together employers, educators, economic development, unions and workforce professionals to find solutions to workforce issues in specific industries such as health care, manufacturing, and maritime.


The WDC is nationally recognized as an innovator in programs and initiatives, such as our award-winning Self-Sufficiency Calculator. Our goal is to share our best practices and research with the community.

Read more about the WDC's work in the Local Integrated Workforce Plan (2013-2017).