Immigrant in workplace

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.

Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

Workgroup Members

Keelcy Perez Woolley, Washington State Commission of Hispanic Affairs Paula Arno Martinez, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs Paul Benz, Faith Action Network Carino Barragan, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Malou Chavez, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Sam Cho, Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Bre Elsey, Washington State Farm Bureau Alex Galarza, Northwest Justice Project Antonio Ginatta, Columbia Legal Services Eric Gonzalez, ACLU Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Association Karen Lewis, Washington State University Victoria Mena, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network Sandra Rodarte, Latino Civic Alliance Kristin Kershaw Snapp, Washington State Fruit Tree Association Rich Stolz, OneAmerica

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Contact Information

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

Tammy Deets
tammy.deets@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: (206) 256-6154