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Future of Work Task Force Members

 

Legislative Representatives

 

 

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Senator Maralyn Chase
Representative Matt Manweller
Representative Vandana Slatter
Business Representatives
Amy Anderson, Association of Washington Business
Machelle Johnson, Pearson Packaging
Rich Rhodes, State Farm
Lisa Perry, Sierra Pacific
Mark Smith, Providence
Jack Chen, Microsoft
Labor Representatives
Joe Kendo, Washington State Labor Council
Lynne Dodson, Washington State Labor Council
Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project
Annette Bernhardt, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Marcus Courtney, UNI Global Union Switzerland
Stan Sorscher, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
 
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Legislative Representatives
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Senator Maralyn Chase

Senator Maralyn Chase is honored to represent the views and values of the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District. She is guided by a firm commitment to principles of sustainability, justice and fairness and the Golden Rule.

Senator Chase is the new Democratic Chair of the Senate Economic Development and International Trade Committee having served on this committee in both the House and the Senate. She is experienced in the business world having operated a successful general and specialty contracting business for 25 years with her daughter. Developing public policy that is grounded in experience is inclusive of investors, entrepreneurs and workers. Everybody must be at the table to work in collaboration.

Washington state is experiencing profound changes in our economy due to automation, artificial intelligence, digitalization and robotics. Maralyn is especially sensitive to the dislocation experienced by people who lose their jobs to automation. Workforce transitions will require switching occupations, developing new skills and changing education requirements. The globalized internet economy offers opportunities for those with access and skills, much like the impact of the steam engine on the weavers of long ago.

Small businesses with fewer than 5 employees, self-employed sole-proprietors, small firms with fewer than 50 employees, will become far more numerous. Public policy must change with these technical changes. But, we can expand our investments in infrastructure and buildings and make sure our stewardship responsibilities are fulfilled.

Widespread newly emerging trends will require a commitment to sustainable public policy, and a growth policy that supports businesses to become competitive in both the domestic and international markets. Unless businesses are competitive they are not sustainable and on a pathway to collapse. At the same time we must ensure that citizens experience an increase in their standard of living. The trend that has included ever-increasing inequality in wealth and income is one that can be changed by appropriate public policy.

As a successful contractor, Maralyn knows the dedication and discipline required of firms to operate in an ever-changing environment. She brings her deep understanding of the impact of economic dislocation in our communities is crafting public policies for our state. Whether driven by technology or taxes, Maralyn knows how to confront the injustices that can occur. How we earn our living to provide for basic necessities for our families, and for our seniors, the vulnerable among us, if fundamental to responsible governing.

Senator Chase understands the concepts of “Education for Vocation” and “Education for Advocation” as written many years ago by John Dewey. The system of public education developed over the past 250 years must be sustained for future students rather than dismantled for the profit aspirations of a few.

Maralyn has taught political science and social theory at the University of Washington. The University of Washington’s Political Science Department awarded Maralyn the Distinguished Alumni of 2008 for her outstanding contributions to the understanding political economy.

She worked with the Seattle Urban League to bring open housing to all areas of Puget Sound and to increase the housing stock available to middle and low income citizens. She uses the experience of Singapore in developing a model for housing their people as an example of how the State of Washington could do away with homelessness – just as Singapore has done.

Maralyn serves as Washington State Delegate to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), is a member of OPEIU, Local 8, numerous community groups, and the 32nd District Democrats.



Representative Matt Manweller

Matt took office representing the 13th Legislative District in December of 2012 after his predecessor resigned before Matt was to begin his first term in 2013.

He is the author of several scholarly books and articles on tort reform, voting behavior, state court procedures and constitutional law. Matt has also produced and hosted several TV and radio shows.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics and a teaching certificate from Whitman College. He also earned his master's degree in political science from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oregon.

He has served as a president of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association and president of the CWU Faculty Senate. He has also served on the board of directors of HopeSource and the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.

Matt's focus in Olympia is to create a smaller, less expensive, more efficient government that provides solution-oriented leadership. He believes Washington's economy can be more competitive with other states, by rewarding innovation and creativity instead of punishing it.

Matt's priorities also include protecting existing water rights and finding water storage as well as advocating for protection of property rights and more local control. He also believes decisions on land use and school curriculum should be made by local elected leaders, not in Olympia.

Matt resides in Ellensburg with his wife Shelley and his two sons Lincoln and Grayson.

 


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Representative Vandana Slatter

Rep. Vandana Slatter represents the 48th Legislative district, including parts of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and all of Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. She currently serves on the Education Committee, the Health Care and Wellness Committee and the Technology and Economic Development Committee.

Vandana is a health care professional with over 20 years of experience in clinical pharmacy and the biotech industry, with four years on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

In addition to her work in health care, Vandana comes to the House having served as a member of the Bellevue City Council, where she supported efforts to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all.

Always deeply involved in her community, Vandana has served as trustee of the Overlake Hospital Foundation and a board member for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Foundation, the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences and Farmer Frog.

Vandana holds a Pharm. D. and M.P.A. from the University of Washington. She and her family, her husband Greg and their son, have called Bellevue home since 2003.



Business Representatives
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Amy Anderson, Association of Washington Business

Amy K. Anderson is Association of Washington Business’ director of government affairs for education, workforce development, health care and federal issues. She also oversees the work of the AWB Institute, AWB’s research, workforce and economic development arm.

Before joining AWB’s government affairs team, Amy was a strategic consultant for the AWB Institute for almost four years, bringing more than 10 years of policy analysis and advocacy experience to the position.

She began her career working with the Washington State Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee as well as the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board as a policy analyst. She also spent seven years heading up the policy and workforce efforts at Greater Spokane Incorporated. She has also worked as Oregon and Alaska legislative director at Premera Blue Cross. Amy has also taught graduate health policy and law classes for Washington State University Spokane and Kaplan University.

Amy holds a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, a graduate degree in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University Spokane, a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Government and History from California State University Sacramento.

 


Machelle Johnson, Pearson Packaging

Machelle Johnson joined Pearson Packaging Systems in 2003 as the Director of Human Resources. Prior to working at Pearson, she was the Director of Human Resources for Egghead Software, Esurg Corp, and Key Tronic. Throughout 25 years working at the executive level, Machelle led the human resource function through mergers, acquisitions and venture capital startups. She further serves as the current Chair for the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council as well as a member of the Education Committee for the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI). Prior to that, Machelle chaired the Youth Employment and Career Readiness Network for Spokane County and received the Champion of Youth award in 2016 by the Chase Youth Commission.

Machelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University and received her PHR certification in 2001.

 


Rich Rhodes, State Farm

Rich Rhodes is originally from Long Island, New York. He moved to Tacoma in October of 2013.

Rich has spent the better part of the last 14 years working various departments at State Farm Insurance and Bank. Serving in a variety of roles for State Farm, Rich could always be counted to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to any challenge. His most recent team received 12 patents for their ideas. He has also spent several years in roles involving data analysis and metric development. Rich was also a member of the Association of Washington Business' 2016-17 Leadership Washington program.

Rich is looking forward to bringing these skills and experiences to the Future of Work Task Force.


Lisa Perry, Sierra Pacific

Lisa Perry is the Community Relations Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) in Washington. She is based in Shelton Washington but covers SPI properties from the northern end of Clark County to the Canadian border. Previous to her employment at SPI she worked on workforce and employment recruitment in the Natural Resource fields for both Humboldt State University and the California Forest Products Commission.

She earned a B.S. in Social Science and a California Teaching Credential from Sacramento State University.

 


Mark Smith, Providence

Mark Smith is Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Washington-Montana Region of Providence St. Joseph Health. He has been with Providence for 15 years, the last 12 years in Spokane. Prior to this assignment, Mark served as the Director of Human Resources for Providence Health Care. He has held a number of positions with Providence, including Organizational Development Director and System Organizational Development Programs Director. In his professional career, Mark has focused on helping businesses create great places to work, where individuals learn, grow and contribute to the organization’s success.


Mark is a graduate of Central Washington University with degrees in English and Business Administration. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology from Capella University.



Jack Chen, Microsoft

Jack Chen is Assistant General Counsel for Employment Policy and Society at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Chen is responsible for public policy matters relating to talent acquisition, workforce development, and maximizing opportunity for people and communities. His primary areas of focus include diversity and inclusion in technology, immigration reform, and national U.S. workforce development strategy. He also advises on public policy issues concerning the future of work and the impact of automation and AI on skills and employability. Mr. Chen was a 2011 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Labor Representatives
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Joe Kendo, Washington State Labor Council

Joe Kendo joined the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, lobbying team in October 2013. In May 2015, he was named the Government Affairs Director. In this position, Joe helps develop the WSLC’s legislative agenda, serves on several internal and external policy committees, and works with affiliated unions and community partners to improve the lives of Washington’s working families.

As Government Affairs Director, Kendo represents the WSLC on the L&I Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board, the Employment Security Advisory Council, and the External Advisory Committee to the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Prior to joining the WSLC, Kendo served as a Council Representative for the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28. In that position, he did internal organizing in support of contract negotiations and better working conditions, trained shop stewards, and recruited members for WFSE political activities and leadership positions on the council. Prior to that, during the 2008 legislative session, Kendo served as the WSLC’s Legislative Intern.

He lives in Bellevue with his wife, Becca, and their three boys.

 


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Lynne Dodson, Washington State Labor Council

Lynne Dodson was sworn into office as Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Jan. 5, 2011. Lynne is the first woman to be elected as an executive officer in the history of the Council, which was formed in 1957 with the merger of the Washington Federation of Labor and the Washington Congress of Industrial Organizations Council.

Prior to her election, Lynne was a professor at Seattle Central Community College, President of AFT Local 1789 and First Vice President of AFT Washington. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington; an M.S. in Community/Clinical Psychology from Cal State Long Beach, and is a graduate of Inchelium High School in Inchelium, WA.

Lynne serves on the boards of the Washington Labor Education and Research Center, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute, and the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service.

She has two grown children, Joey and Kia Sanger, and is married to Richard Burton, a political organizer for the Washington State Nurses Association.


Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project

Rebecca Smith is the director of the Work Structures Portfolio at NELP. She joined NELP in 2000, after nearly 20 years advocating for migrant farm workers in Washington State.


At NELP, Rebecca has worked with local, state, and national groups to advance the rights of immigrant and low-wage workers and the unemployed. She has worked to apply international human rights laws to help protect immigrant workers in the United States, and with immigrant worker organizing groups to enforce U.S. labor laws.
More recently, Rebecca’s work has centered on domestic outsourcing (the corporate use of franchise and temp and staffing arrangements, subcontracting, or labeling workers freelancers, self-employed or “1099s”) as a key driver of eroding labor standards, rising income, and wealth inequality; persistent structural racism; and occupational segregation and the shifting of power away from workers and towards corporations.


She champions innovative approaches to building worker power and increasing labor standards and accountability in so-called “alternative” work structures. She has researched and written extensively on these issues, testified before local, state, and national legislatures, litigated significant cases, and is a frequent commentator in the media, including publications as diverse as Fortune, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hill, Quartz, CNBC, Buzzfeed, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. She regularly speaks at legal and policy conferences addressing worker rights in the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. Outside of NELP, she is an avid sea kayaker in the waters of her native Washington State.


Becki has received the United Farm Workers of America’s Aztec Eagle Award, in addition to the Golden Door Award from Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project and special recognition by the Foreign Minister of Mexico for her work on behalf of undocumented workers before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Rebecca is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Washington, and also has a law degree from the University of Washington Law School.



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Annette Bernhardt, UC Berkeley Labor Center

Annette Bernhardt is director of the Low-Wage Work Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, as well as a senior researcher at the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She recently was visiting professor in the UC Berkeley sociology department, as well as a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Previously she was policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project, where she coordinated policy analysis and research support for campaigns around living wage jobs, enforcement of workers' rights, and accountable development. A leading scholar of low-wage work, Dr. Bernhardt has helped develop and analyze innovative policy responses to economic restructuring in the United States. She was one of the principal investigators of the landmark study Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers, which documented high rates of minimum wage, overtime, and other workplace violations in the low- wage labor market. She has also been a leader in collaborating with immigrant worker centers and unions to develop innovative models of community-based research. Her current research focuses on domestic outsourcing, the gig economy, and the impact of new technologies on low- wage work. Dr. Bernhardt's most recent book is the co-edited The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market. She has also published widely in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and the Journal of Labor Economics, among others.

Dr. Bernhardt received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1993.

 


  Marcus Courtney, UNI Global Union Switzerland

Stan Sorscher, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace

Stan Sorscher is Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), a union representing scientists, engineers, pilots, technical and professional employees in the aerospace industry. He represented organized labor on the Washington State Economic Development Commission, the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington. Stan is active in public policies regarding for global trade, the aerospace industry, health care, and high tech immigration.

 

 


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