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Future of Work Task Force Co-Managers



Joe Wilcox

Joe has substantial private sector experience spanning 13 years in dozens of countries around the world, having analyzed a wide range of industries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Through the course of this work, Joe has researched, analyzed and presented assessments on a variety of topics, including K-12 and higher education, workforce development, economic development, labor and industries, and health and human services. These detailed reports were heavily focused on gathering qualitative and quantitative data for analysis, with input gathered from all relevant databases, stakeholders, government officials, industry experts, think tanks and non-government organizations. This helped ensure a non-partisan, independent assessment of pertinent issues.

Prior to his role as co-manager of the Future of Work project, Joe was a country editor for the Oxford Business Group, managing a team to conduct extensive business intelligence projects in Bulgaria, Romania, and Jordan. Joe also acted as a senior analyst for Oxford Business Group, during which time he researched and analyzed hundreds of diverse sectors with a specialization in economic development of emerging economies. His primary regions of focus consisted of Eastern Europe and Asia. He was also a regular contributor to S&P Global Platts, a leading independent provider of energy and commodities information.

Born and raised in Olympia, Joe graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and later from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Editorial Journalism. He is currently undertaking a master’s in public administration degree at The Evergreen State College.

Joe lives in Olympia with his wife and two sons.

Staff contact: Joe Wilcox, (360) 709-4631


Lewis McMurran

Lewis A (Lew) McMurran comes to the Workforce Board with over two decades of experience in government relations, advocacy, and external affairs for a wide range of employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Lew has extensive experience with policy development, lobbying, and policy implementation across a wide range of issue areas including education, economic development, financial services, insurance, intellectual property, privacy, security, technology, utilities, water, workforce and more.

Since 2013, Lew has been involved in a range of entrepreneurial ventures, mostly recently as COO of software startup MaxSet Worldwide Inc. He was instrumental in the recent award of an SBIR grant from the U.S. Air Force. He was a key member of the founding team responsible for administrative, business development, financial, marketing, operations and more.

Lew was the first Director of Government Relations for the Washington Software Alliance (now WTIA), rising to Vice President of Government and External Relations, (2000-2013). While there, he was involved in and led a number of initiatives, including Tech and Telecom Committee Chair for the Prosperity Partnership, Education Committee Chair for the AG Youth Internet Safety Task Force, Advisory Council of the Trade Development Alliance and remains Chair of the Career and Technical Education Foundation.

Staff contact: Lewis McMurran, (360) 709-4628


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