The Washington Workforce Association has announced the three officers who will lead the organization in 2018-19, including one from the South Sound.

Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central representing the Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC), will begin a two-year term as chair of the WWA. Jack Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the South Central Workforce Council, will begin a two-year term as Vice Chair, and Erin Monroe, CEO of Workforce Snohomish, will continue as WWA’s Treasurer.

“I would like to thank Jeanne Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, for all of her valuable contributions as WWA Chair the past two years,” Nguyen said. “I am excited for the opportunity to work in this capacity alongside my 11 fellow WDC Executives to continue moving our respective local workforce service delivery systems forward in collaboration with our many partners. WWA has advocated, and will continue to advocate, for workforce development investments, and to ensure a quality and efficient workforce service delivery system statewide.”

The WWA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose members represent the state’s 12 government-certified workforce development councils, including Pierce County WDC. Specifically, WWA works with local WDCs and local elected officials, as well as other statewide, regional and national organizations, to advocate for a coordinated, funded system focused on the needs of job seekers and businesses. The organization provides information, training, tools and recommendations to policymakers, workforce development professionals and the statewide community to help inform decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies.