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Career Connect Washington Task Force



The Career Connect Washington Task Force is a public-private partnership that will accelerate career connected learning in Washington. The task force is a culmination of an 18-month National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning co-led by the Office of the Governor and the Workforce Board. The Policy Academy encompasses 70 organizations.


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Staff Contact: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director - (360) 709-4612



Task Force Staff

Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director – Workforce Board

Nova Gattman, Legislative Director – Workforce Board

Eric Wolf, Director of Policy and Programs – Workforce Board

Jane Broom, Senior Director at Microsoft Philanthropies – Microsoft

Amy Liu, Senior Officer, Education, Workforce, and Human Services Initiatives in Washington – Microsoft



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Task Force Members


Brad Smith, President – Microsoft

Perry England, Workforce Board Chair, VP of Building Performance – MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

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Ben Bagherpour, VP of Site Services & Government Affairs– SEH America, Inc.
Phyllis Campbell, Chair, Pacific Northwest – JPMorgan Chase
Maud Daudon, Career Connect Washington executive director

Dave D'hondt, Chair – Washington Apprenticeship and Training Council

Timothy Engle, President – Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations – Alaska Air
Lynne Dodson, Secretary Teasurer– Washington State Labor Council
Kristofer Johnson, President & CEO– Association of Washington Business
Caroline King, CEO – Washington STEM
Eric LeVine, CEO – CellarTracker
Suzi LeVine, Employment Security Department Commissioner
William McSherry, VP, State & Local & Global Corp. Citizenship – Boeing
Scott Morris, Chair, President, and CEO – Avista Corp.
Susan Mullaney, President, Washington Region - Kaiser Permanente
Lee Newgent, Executive Secretary – Washington Building Trades (ret.)
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction – OSPI
Sharon Tomiko Santos, State Representative, Chair, Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee – Washington State Legislature
Calvin Watts, Superintendent – Kent School District

Ardine Williams, Vice President – Human Resources for Worldwide Operations, Amazon
Hans Zeiger, State Senator, Chair, Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee – Washington State Legislature


"We are going to stop telling our kids that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Most of them will require education and training after high school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year college degree. Through registered apprenticeships, technical training programs, and other career connected learning opportunities, we’ll give students all kinds of ways to fulfill their dreams of helping build airplanes, cure diseases, or design innovative new software."


-Governor Jay Inslee

“As a business person and Chair of the Workforce Board, I’m committed to strengthening the connection between Washington employers and our young people. We need business and industry at the table to make this work. We need business to be engaged and truly excited about helping create these opportunities."

-Perry England, Workforce Board Chair

"A career connected learning system that includes apprenticeships, mentorships, job shadows, and hands-on learning will allow businesses to meet their workforce needs and youth in our state to be prepared for great careers."

-Brad Smith, President of Microsoft






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