Keep Washington Working

Formed in response to the 2019 Keep Washington Working Act addressing statewide policy on supporting Washington’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace, a work group has been formed to report back to the legislature annually on its work, which will focus on:

  • Developing strategies with private sector businesses, labor, and immigrant advocacy organizations to support current and future industries across the state;
    Conducting research on methods to strengthen career pathways for immigrants and create and enhance partnerships with projected growth industries;
  • Supporting business and agriculture leadership, civic groups, government, and immigrant advocacy organizations in a statewide effort to provide predictability and stability to the workforce in the agriculture industry; and
  • Recommending approaches to improve Washington’s ability to attract and retain immigrant business owners that provide new business and trade opportunities.
Immigrant in workplace

Meetings Information

Workgroup Members

  • Rich Stolz
  • Kristin Snapp
  • Sandra Rodarte
  • Keelcy Perez
  • Malou Chavez (Vanessa Gutierrez filled in for her while Malou was on leave)
  • Evan Woods
  • Jennyfer Mesa
  • Linda Faaren
  • Erin Williamson
  • Shomya Tripathy


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If you have questions pertaining to the Keep Washington Working legislation or workgroup activities, please contact:

Tammy Deets
Phone: 206-256-6154