AWB Institute focuses on an array of human resource and employment issues, including workforce development and education; workplace safety; environmental compliance; and competitiveness. The Institute advocates for public policy positions at the state and federal levels and develops best practices for Washington employers and members of AWB. The Institute also partners with the public sector employment and training system and public schools on partnerships to expose the current workforce, students and educators to the world of work.

AWB Institute is the non-profit 501(c)(3) arm affiliate of the Association of Washington Business.


To maximize the quality and availability of Washington’s workforce by providing information on the status of its workforce, developing programs to improve the quality of jobs and skills training and to bring together key partners to advance careers for all workers, increase business productivity and improve competitiveness.


A qualified, skilled worker available for every job opening in Washington state.


Mike Schwenk

Chair of the Board

Board of Directors

First Name Last Name Company
Leslie Alexandre Life Science Washington
Scott Carson Retired President/CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Gary Chandler Association of Washington Business
Fran Erskine Expedia Group
Dru Garson Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.
Kris Johnson Association of Washington Business
Kristin Kemak Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce
Gary Livingston Retired Chancellor Spokane Community College
Christina Lomasney Modumetal, Inc.
Lori Mattson Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jim McDevitt Spokane International Airport
John McDonagh Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Steve Mullin Washington Roundtable
Bruce Nelson Nelson Farms
Shelly O’Quinn Innovia Foundation
Patrick Pierce Economic Alliance Snohomish County
John Tomkowiak WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Steve Wright Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD)
Malin Young Pacific Northwest National Labs

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1414 Cherry St SE, Olympia WA

PO Box 7933, Olympia WA 98507


Main Phone: 360.943.1600

Toll-free: 800.521.9325

Fax: 360.943.5811

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