Incoming WWA Chair Kevin Perkey

The Washington Workforce Association (WWA) has named Kevin Perkey, CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, to serve as its new chairperson beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Perkey succeeds Linda Nguyen, whose two-year run as chair of WWA comes to a close at the end of 2019.

Prior to joining WSW, Perkey was CEO of South Central Pennsylvania Works, a regional workforce development board investing more than $12 million of public workforce investment resources annually across an eight-county region of South Central, Pennsylvania. Perkey serves on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, and Mount St. Helens Institute. He’s also serves the STEM Network Governance Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council (serving as co-chair of the Policy Committee).

Outgoing WWA Chair Linda Nguyen

In other news, WWA recently named a new executive director, who took the helm Oct. 28. Sandra Miller comes with a professional career spanning more than 30 years in the hospitality, retail, and workforce development industries. She has served as vice president for Intercontinental Investments, a hospitality holding company. Her experience also includes business and community engagement for Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, and co-ownership of menswear retailer g. miller — Olympia.

Additionally, Tiffany Scott, CEO of Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council, will take over as WWA’s vice-chair for Jack Fitzgerald, CEO of South Central Workforce Council. Scott has 20 years of workforce development experience.