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.


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.

Current members include:

Bruce Dammeier
Pierce County Executive

Victoria Woodards
City of Tacoma Mayor

Marty Campbell
Pierce County Councilmember

Conor McCarthy
City of Tacoma Councilmember

April Gibson
Workforce Development Council Chair

Helen McGovern-Pilant
Staff to the Chief Local Elected Officials


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.

April Gibson
WDC Chair

Steve Gear
1st Vice Chair

Darci Gibson
Workforce Development & HRIS MultiCare Health System, Director

Dave Shaw
Global Business Resources, CEO

Dereck Spivey
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Transition Services Manager

Joyce Moyer
Volt Workforce Solutions, Regional Client Solutions Manager

Ron Thalheimer
Niagara Water, Tacoma Plant Director

Blaine Wolfe
Absher Construction Company, Project Executive

Dona Ponepinto
United Way of Pierce County, President & CEO

Mandy Kipfer
Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supervisor

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

Tim McGann
Employment Security Department, Regional Director

Lin Zhou
Bates Technical College, President

Mark Martinez
Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council, Executive Secretary

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

Dale King
Tacoma Rail, Superintendent/CEO

Patty Rose
Pierce County Central Labor Council, Secretary/Treasurer

Helen McGovern-Pilant
WorkForce Central, Interim CEO

Deborah Howell
WorkForce Central, CAO


In July 2017, the Pierce County Workforce Development Council and Chief Local Elected Officials entered into a memorandum of understanding between several local agencies to establish a united, local framework for the implementation of services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Click here to view the MOU.