Board Chair (non-voting)
Appointed 2015, Serves at the pleasure of the Governor
Perry England is the Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions.
England has been actively involved in the commercial building industry since 1985. His focus at MacDonald-Miller includes helping commercial building owners identify and implement energy efficiency investments to save energy and water, and support sustainability objectives.
England is a founding member and acting Treasurer of the Seattle 2030 District, Executive Committee Member for Emerald Cities Seattle, and Board of Director and Treasurer for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council.
England and his wife, Cathy, and two children live in Bellevue.
Representing Labor (voting members)
Jeff Johnson was elected
President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in December 2010 and sworn in January, 2011. Prior to that, since joining the WSLC staff in 1986, Johnson had served as special assistant to the president, lead lobbyist, research and organizing director, and as shop steward for his staff unit, which is part of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8.
Johnson began his union life with Local 2190 of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO in 1979, teaching Labor Economics and Labor Studies to apprentices of IBEW Local 3 in New York City. Through the mid-1980s, Johnson taught union and community members at the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, ACTWU (which later became UNITE), the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, and the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, which is a division of Empire State College, SUNY. The Labor College, as the school is known, is the largest college for trade unionists in the United States.
Johnson's work at the Washington State Labor Council has focused on legislation that improves the lives of working people through increasing collective bargaining and organizing rights; economic justice and anti-poverty measures; strengthening our workers' compensation, unemployment insurance and employment standards; improving our health care system; and protecting the rights of farm workers and immigrant workers. He has represented labor on a number of committees, both internal (WSLC Diversity Committee; Workers' Comp. Labor Caucus; UI Labor Caucus; Affordable Housing and Homeless Task Force) and external (Retro Advisory Committee; SBCTC Mission Task Force; L&I Independent Medical Exam Committee; L&I Vocational Rehabilitation Committee).
Johnson earned his B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown University and his M.A. and A.B.D. in Political Economy from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research. He is married to Rebecca Smith, a member of the UAW and an attorney with the National Employment Law Project. They live in Olympia and have four children: Danica, Luca, Anya, and Addie.
Lee Newgent is Executive Secretary of the Seattle Building Trades Council and represents 11,000 Union Craft workers in King County. Newgent is also the Chairman of the Washington State Apprenticeship Council and has been recognized as one of the industry leaders in recruiting and retaining women and people of color. He has worked as a consultant for nationwide apprenticeship programs and has often been called upon to speak on a variety of apprenticeship issues. He is active as a lobbyist for many different apprenticeship and building trades issues.
Newgent has served an apprenticeship with The Ironworkers local 86 and has worked as a Foreman, General Foreman and Superintendent.
He has worked at his trade in five different countries including the continent of Antarctica. Newgent has been active in the Disaster Response Community and is the Labor Co-Chair of the Fire Incident Response Skilled Trades (FIRST) Committee in partnership with the Seattle Fire Department. Newgent was also a volunteer for the Ironworkers at the World Trade Center and other disaster sites.
Beth Thew is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a Vice President for the Washington State Labor Council. She also serves as Chair of the WSLC Economic Development and Transportation Committee and sits on the Spokane Worker Retraining Advisory Committee.
In addition to her union commitments, Thew is a member of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, Washington Learns Higher Education Advisory, and the Spokane Area Professional-Technical Advisory Consortium (SAP-TAC). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Spokane County United Way.
Representing Business (voting members)
Creigh H. Agnew
Creigh H. Agnew
is president of the Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Previously, she had
a 21-year career with the Weyerhaeuser Company where she served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Contributions. She was responsible for issue management and government relations at the federal, state and local Puget Sound levels. She also served as sponsor of the Office of Corporate Contributions, the company's philanthropic organization. Over her career, she worked for the company in Washington, DC, Olympia and at corporate headquarters. Before joining Weyerhaeuser Company, Creigh was a legislative assistant, managing natural resource policy work, for Senator Slade Gorton and Congressman Norm Dicks in Washington, DC.
Agnew holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Washington. She also attended the senior managers in government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently, she is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Association of Washington Business, the state's chamber of commerce; and serves on the board of directors of the Multi-Service Center of South King County. Agnew is a past chair of the Association of Washington Business, the Washington Council on International Trade and the Weyerhaeuser Company United Way Campaign.
Former State Rep. Gary Chandler, R-Moses Lake, is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Association of Washington Business. He is the association’s chief lobbyist and directs its legislative and regulatory programs.
As a legislator, Chandler co-chaired the House Agriculture and Ecology Committee and served on the Natural Resources and Transportation committees during the last egislative session. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1990 from Moses Lake and served in a legislative seat once occupied by his father, Glyn.
Chandler has also been a member of AWB’s Board of Directors. He owns the UPS Store in Moses Lake. He was a hay farmer, apple orchardist, former manager of the family’s farm implement dealership and Grant County Commissioner. Chandler and his wife, Deborah, live in Moses Lake.
Lee Anne Caylor
Lee Anne Caylor is the Chief of Staff for Microsoft Learning eXperiences, a training and skills development organization reaching millions of Microsoft customers worldwide with innovative learning products and services that help individuals and organizations maximize the use of Microsoft technologies to realize their full potential.
Caylor oversees the organizational strategy which includes the development of programs and solutions addressing workforce development needs. The organization is responsible for ts research on a worldwide basis, working across many industry leading organizations to understand and address key issues facing skills gaps. Caylor’s role is to orchestrate the connection of strategy across the organization, Microsoft and with industry. In addition, she is responsible for internal skills development and acquisition, running the business and measurement of the health and success of the Microsoft Learning eXperiences group.
Caylor joined Microsoft in 1990, and has a rich background in the company, with roles spanning Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Program Strategy. She managed the initial launch of TechNet back in 1992, sold the book “Business at the Speed of Thought” written by Bill Gates, and developed strategies for new markets and partnerships. She has a passion for partners and customers, and has focused her career serving them in some capacity.
Representing State Agencies (voting members)
Chris Reykdal is Washington's 16th state superintendent. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He coached both youth and adult soccer for several years, volunteered as a local city planning commissioner and served as a trustee for the College Spark Washington Foundation for six years.
His professional career has been devoted to public education. Chris has worked as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system.
Marty Brown is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges which administers Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Brown has 34 years of experience in policy development and budgeting for the Legislature and Governor’s office. Prior to joining the SBCTC in September 2012, he served as director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM) under Gov. Chris Gregoire. He was also a previous chair of the Workforce Board.
Brown began his state career in 1978 as a Senate committee staff member and later became Senate Democratic Caucus attorney, Senate Democratic staff director, and secretary of the Senate. In 1997, Brown was named director of legislative affairs for incoming Gov. Gary Locke and later became Gov. Locke’s deputy chief of staff and OFM director. Upon taking office in 2005, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Brown as her director of legislative affairs. She then appointed him as OFM director in 2010. Brown graduated from the University of Iowa in 1974 and the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1979.
Dale Peinecke (PINE-uh-kee) is commissioner of Washington’s Employment Security Department.
Before joining Governor Inslee’s cabinet, Peinecke accumulated more than
37 years of experience in the aerospace and materials industries.
This included executive positions at Giddens Industries, Alcoa,
The Aerostructures Corp. and Neuvant Aerospace Corp.
His interest in hiring skilled workers spurred him to get involved in the state’s workforce development system. In 2006, he was elected to the first of three consecutive terms as board chairman for Snohomish County’s workforce development council, and he remained on the board through 2012.
He also served on the advisory board for the M.B.A./Business Program at the University of Washington-Bothell from 2006 to 2008.
Peinecke grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and has lived on both sides of the Cascades during the course of his career. He earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s in manufacturing engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Participating Officials (non-voting)
As the Director of Education at TAF, Chris Alejano is responsible for leading all of TAF's programmatic efforts including TAF Academy, STEMbyTAF Transformation and STEM Up. He builds and maintains relationships with district and school leaders, and guides his team in all partnership efforts.
Alejano brings a unique background that spans the entire educational system from the local to the federal level including early learning, K-12, and postsecondary education. He spent the first six years of his career as a kindergarten teacher. For Washington state, he staffed the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee in the State House of Representatives and served as Governor Chris Gregoire's policy advisor for higher education and workforce development. At the federal level, Alejano worked in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar.
Alejano holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same area.
Pat Lashway is acting secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). She is responsible for overseeing over 17,500 employees who assist Washington residents through behavioral health and developmental disability services, juvenile rehabilitation, food and cash assistance, and aging and long-term care and child and family support.
She has spent her career in state government, the legal field, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, a juris doctorate from Seattle University, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Mark Mattke is Chief Executive Officer
of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC). He is responsible for the design and performance of the regional talent development system, working with a broad community partnership to ensure that the dynamic workforce needs of business are met and individuals have the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.
His background includes experience in the private and public sectors, having worked in business management, post secondary education, and workforce development in Washington and Idaho.
Brian Bonlender was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Director of the Department of Commerce in January 2013. A Yakima native, Bonlender served as Inslee’s chief-of-staff and legislative director, running the Congressman’s office and acting as his primary advisor on economic issues. He worked on legislation and policy in a range of industries including agriculture, life sciences, information technology, aerospace, maritime and clean energy.
Bonlender brings nearly 20 years of public and private experience to his new post, including as a regulatory compliance consultant for industries across the state and as an advisor to a clean tech startup. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. Brian lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.