Keep Washington Working

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

Meeting Notes

Workgroup Members

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

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