We bridge the skills gap.

Job seekers need to know what skills will earn them long-term income. Trainers and educators want to run programs that lead to job placement. Employers know what skills they need to hire today and in the future.

The Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) and Chief Local Elected Officials establish the vision for the region’s workforce development system, known as WorkSource Pierce, to create a more prosperous economy.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

An interlocal agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County provides the foundation for workforce development initiatives across Pierce County. Elected officials from the City of Tacoma and Pierce County, as well as a representative of business, form a governing board which works closely with and appoints members to the Workforce Development Council (WDC). Together, their mission is to ensure the coordination of the WorkSource Pierce system. Click here to access meeting minutes from Executive Board Meetings.

Current members include:

Rep. Bruce Dammeier, R-25

Bruce Dammeier
Pierce County Executive

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Victoria Woodards
Mayor of the City of Tacoma

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Marty Campbell
Pierce County Councilmember

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Lillian Hunter
City of Tacoma Councilmember

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April Gibson
WDC Chair

PIERCE COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

The Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) is a business-led council comprised of community leaders with expertise in the public, private and philanthropic sectors. With a wealth of expertise, the WDC works side-by-side with the Chief Local Elected Officials to address workforce deficiencies, to upskill workers, to develop potential employees and to ensure the workforce development system offers the highest quality services to its customers.

The WDC meets once a month, and its individual committees meet on an as-needed basis.

  • Coordinating Committee
  • Business Services Committee
  • Youth & Young Adult Services Committee
  • Quality Assurance and Certification Committee
  • Pierce County WorkSource Leadership Team with a One-Stop System Advisory Group
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Do you have an interest in helping us develop a skilled workforce to sustain local businesses and grow the economy? Contact us at (253) 208-0869 or view our calendar to find upcoming meetings.
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April Gibson
(WDC Chair)
Regional Executive Director
Proliance Surgeons

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Ron Thalheimer
(WDC Vice Chair)
Tacoma Plant Director
Niagara Water

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Robin J. Baker
Chief
Military Life Cycle Division, JBLM

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Darci Gibson
Director
Workforce Development & HRIS MultiCare Health System

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Deanna Keller
Commissioner
Port of Tacoma

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Bruce Kendall
President & CEO
Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County

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Dale King
Superintendent
Tacoma Rail

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Mandy Kipfer
Supervisor
Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Nathe Lawver
Political Director
Laborers International Union of North America Local 252

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Ann Medalia
VP Operations
TERRA Staffing Group

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Rachael Pease
Diversity Program Manager
Korsmo Construction

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Jenna Pollock
Dean of Pre-College Pathways
Clover Park Technical College

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Dona Ponepinto
President & CEO
United Way of Pierce County

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Irene Reyes
CEO and President
Excel Gloves & Safety Supplies, Inc.

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Patty Rose
Secretary/Treasurer
Pierce County Central Labor Council

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Dave Shaw
CEO
Global Business Resources

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Demetria “Lynn” Strickland
Executive Director
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

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Norton Sweet
Central Sound Regional Director
Employment Security Department

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Deborah Tuggle
Owner
Bite Me, Inc.

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Blaine Wolfe
Project Executive
Absher Construction Company

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Lin Zhou
President
Bates Technical College

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