OLYMPIA – At its annual meeting this week, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) elected Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner Dale Peinecke to serve as president-elect of the organization from now until September 2016. Peinecke will become the association’s president in October 2016 and serve through September 2017.

Improving opportunities for employers and job seekers
“In the last year and a half, NASWA has crafted and is implementing a strategy to more effectively advocate for and support our state’s integrated workforce delivery systems across the country,” Peinecke said.  “I look forward to providing leadership to sustain this effort to meet employer needs and provide great opportunities for job seekers.”

With the recent passage of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), NASWA is working with its partners at the National Governor’s Association and the National Association of Workforce Boards to provide input to the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services on implementation. The organization is also supporting implementation by its member states. 

WIOA details the delivery of federally funded employment services, workforce development, basic education for adults, and vocational rehabilitation activities for people with disabilities. Most provisions of the act became effective in 2015 with additional requirements set for 2016.

“We are at a crossroads in time, where the decisions we make in implementing WIOA can positively impact employers, job seekers and our economy for the next decade,” Peinecke said. “We must create value and outcomes for more of them in our work.”

Founded in 1937, NASWA is an organization of state administrators of the publically funded state workforce system and their staff. The organization provides WIOA services, employment services, training programs, unemployment insurance tax and benefits, labor market information and employment statistics. 

About Commissioner Peinecke
Dale Peinecke (PINE-uh-kee) was appointed as the 24th Commissioner of Washington’s Employment Security Department in January 2013.
Before joining Governor Jay Inslee’s cabinet, Peinecke accumulated more than 37 years of experience in the aerospace and materials industries. This included executive positions at Giddens Industries, Neuvant Aerospace, The Aerostructures Corp., Contour Aerospace and Alcoa. He has been engaged in Lean implementation efforts since 1985.
His interest in hiring skilled workers spurred him to get involved in the state’s workforce development system. In 2006, he was elected to the first of three consecutive terms as board chair for Snohomish County’s workforce development council, and he remained on the board through 2012.
He also served on the advisory board for the M.B.A. Program at the University of Washington-Bothell from 2006 to 2008.
Peinecke grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and has lived on both sides of the Cascades during the course of his career. He earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s in manufacturing engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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