ELMA — Cheryl B. Fambles has been named the new chief executive officer of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council based at the Satsop Business Park near Elma. Fambles is the executive director of the Washington Workforce Association, comprised of the 12 Workforce Development directors in the state.
Fambles will begin June 1. The current CEO, Mike Kennedy, will retire June 30 after 26 years with the organization, a media release from the council said.
“Cheryl has an outstanding record of public service,” said Mike Boyle Sr., chairman of the council. She’s an “excellent communicator, collaborator and facilitator” and will bring a “passion and vision to the evolving work” of the council, he said.
From 2007-2010, Fambles was director of the federal Workforce Innovation and Regional Economic Development grant, administered by Pacific Mountain. She has held senior management positions in local governments including Thurston and King counties, the City of Issaquah and the Skokomish Tribal Nation, the release said. She has also worked in higher education at South Puget Sound Community and The Evergreen State colleges in Olympia and has been a private organizational consultant.
An Evergreen graduate, she has a master’s degree in public administration from City University of New York, according to the release, as well as being a graduate of the Senior Executives in Government Program, Harvard University — JFK School of Public Service. She lives in Olympia.
Fambles hopes to be a sort of “matchmaker” between what area businesses need and what a well-trained workforce can provide, the release said. The council, one of 12 in the state, administers and oversees the federal workforce programs in Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Pacific counties.
“I’m eager to meet with elected officials, business owners, educational leaders and others to hear more about what they think is needed here,” Fambles said.