Employment Security Advisory Committee (ESAC)

ESAC was formed in August 2013 in collaboration with Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office. The goal of the council is to help ESD implement our new strategy and goals and to help us stay aligned with Governor Inslee’s Results Washington.

The council will focus on Washington's employment system as a whole, including:

  • Workforce and career development
  • Unemployment insurance (UI)
  • UI-related programs that lead to a thriving economy, quality jobs, and expanded career opportunities for all Washingtonians.

Next Meetings

March 29, 2017, 9-12 p.m.
Location:  Employment Security Department Administrative Building, Park Place A & B Conference Room, 640 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, WA 98503

June 28, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
Location:  Employment Security Department Administrative Building, Park Place A & B Conference Room, 640 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, WA 98503


September 27, 2017, 9-12 p.m.
Location: TBD 

December 13, 2017, 9-12 p.m.
Location: TBD  

ESAC Contacts at Employment Security Department:

Nick Streuli
Legislative and Executive Operations Director

Janelle Guthrie
Director of Communications

Tim Probst
Director of Workforce Strategic Initiatives

ESAC Committee Members

Jeanne Bennett
Representing At-Large
Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council

Larry Brown
Representing Labor
Legislative Director, Aerospace Machinists Industrial

Gary Chandler
Representing Business
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Association of Washington Businesses

Ollie Garrett
Representing At-Large
President and CEO, Tabor 100

Mike Gempler
Representing Business
Executive Director, Washington Growers League

Joe Kendo
Representing Labor
Governmental Affairs Director, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Lee Newgent
Representing Labor
Executive Secretary, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO

Sridhar Sukumaran
Representing Business
Vice President of Human Resources, Terex (Genie Industries)

John Tirpak
Representing At-Large
Executive Director/Attorney, Unemployment Law Project 


This council was formed in accordance with statute (RCW 50.12.200) which requires three business, three labor, and three at-large members for a board comprised of nine. Meetings will be open to all interested parties who wish to attend, and will be a matter of public record.