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Employment Security Advisory Committee (ESAC)

The committee has disbanded because ESD’s Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee has taken its place. The last ESAC meeting was in October 2021.


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

The committee focused 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.  

ESAC Committee Members

Brandon Anderson
Representing Labor
Legislative Director, SPEEA Seattle/Tukwila

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

Mike Gempler
Representing Business
Executive Director, Washington Growers League

Mark Johnson
Representing Business
Vice President, Government Affairs, Washington Retail Association

Chelsea Mason-Placek
Representing Labor
Workforce Development Director, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Tiffany Scott
Representing At-Large
Chief Executive Officer, Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council

Mark Riker
Representing Labor
Executive Secretary, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO

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

Rod Van Alyne
Representing At-Large
Director, Eastern Washington Partnership Workforce Development, Rural Resources Community Action


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 are open to all interested parties who wish to attend and are a matter of public record.