While the Puget Sound region is thriving, the prosperity generated by our vibrant economy is not shared by all. Our historically robust middle class is steadily shrinking, as income is increasingly concentrated among the wealthy.
Expert panelists and regional leaders from local government, business and labor sectors will identify specific ways we can blend our social equity and economic growth goals for our region, including steps by local government and voluntary actions businesses in our community can take to materially benefit their employees and the workers of the businesses they sub-contract with.
In advance of the event, we encourage you to give some thought to the determinants of equityand what your organization or business can do to help make this region known not just for its innovation and prosperity, but its inclusiveness and opportunities for all residents to succeed. Below you will find additional information to further understand the scope of the issue and the potential resources that can be leveraged to help close the income gap in our region. Let’s work together as a community to reduce this gap!
Income inequality is a growing issue which—for many complex reasons—has worsened significantly in recent years. Below are resources we recommend for learning more about this problem and potential solutions.
This calculator provides a variety of resources, including the Self Sufficiency Standard, which measures how much income is needed for a family of a given composition – ranging from a one person household to a large family – in a given place, to adequately meet its basic needs without any public or private assistance.
Using the Calculator you can look at your overall budget, see the Self Sufficiency Standard cost-of-living approximation for your family type, and learn about resources that can assist you in planning and making progress toward economic Self Sufficiency.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014 provides an updated look at the data used to calculate how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition and where they live.
Building Equity Infographic, King County Executive Office
The Main Street Alliance of Washington works strategically to provide small businesses a voice that promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting an economically vital, livable community and promoting Capitol Hill as a unique urban neighborhood that is welcoming to everyone.
Inequality, Unbelievably, Gets Worse, The New York Times, November 16, 2014
“Seeking New Tools to Address the Wage Gap,”, The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2014
“Nation listing from our income imbalance,” by Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, October 8, 2014
“More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’,” by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, August 31, 2014
State of the Workforce, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
“Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions,” Manuel Pastor & Chris Benner
“Equity is the Superior Growth Model,” Policy Link, 2011
“How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, And Possible Ways To Change The Tide,” Joe Maguire, S&P Capital IQ, Aug. 5, 2014
“Outcomes, Opportunity and Development,” The World Bank, 2013
“Inequality and Unsustainable Growth: Two Sides of the Same Coin?” International Monetary Fund, 2011
“Dashboard Indicators for the Northeast Ohio Economy: Prepared for the Fund for Our Economic Future,” The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 2006
“Executive Order: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” President Barack Obama, July 31, 2014
“U.S. Neighborhood Income Inequality in the 2005-2009 Period”, American Community Survey Reports
“Made in America, Again” Series, The Boston Consulting Group,
“Contractor Employee Certification Program summary/Terms and Conditions,” Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Massachusetts Chapter
Executive Order: Establishing Requirements for City Contracts in an Effort to Prevent Wage Theft, Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, October 24, 2014
Creation of Underground Economy Council, Massachusetts State Legislature, 2014
Executive Order: Establishing a Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, March 12, 2008
Tayloe Washburn, a prominent lawyer and civic leader in Seattle, is the founding dean and chief executive officer of the Northeastern University Seattle graduate campus. Tayloe, a former chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, is experienced in building partnerships between the public and private sectors. He has long advocated for expanded educational opportunities in Seattle to prepare the region’s workforce for the needs of the 21st century economy. A nationally recognized attorney, he holds a law degree from the University of Washington, as well as a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in history, both from Stanford University. In addition to serving on the Chamber board, Tayloe’s work in the Seattle area community includes serving on the chair of the boards of Seattle King County Economic Development Council, Schools First!, and the Washington Aerospace Partnership, having been appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire.
Joanne Goldstein is associate vice president of workforce development and employer engagement for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Her specific focus is on integrating workforce needs into academic programs. Additionally, she works with small and large businesses, employer groups and associations, labor organizations, workforce development agencies, and nonprofits to develop collaborative strategies to sustain a healthy workforce nationwide.
Prior to joining the College of Professional Studies, Joanne served as secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2010 to 2014. She was responsible for five agencies including the Departments of Unemployment Assistance, Career Services, Industrial Accidents, Labor Standards, and Labor Relations. Previously, she was chief of the Fair Labor Division of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and her experience includes serving as general counsel to the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO.
Joanne graduated from Hofstra University Law School, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including the Cushing Gavin Award for Labor Management Relations and the Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.
Carrie S. Cihak develops solutions for issues that are complex, controversial, cross-agency, or of particular concern to King County Executive Dow Constantine. She leads a team of advisors known informally as the “policy pod” to guide implementation of the goals of the King County Strategic Plan. Cihak comes to the Executive Office after eight years as a senior-level policy and budget analyst for the County Council. She is trained as a Ph.D.-level economist and worked on international trade and finance for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.
David Freiboth currently serves on the governing boards of United Way of King County, Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County, Economic Development Council of King County, Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (advisory member), the Committee to End Homelessness – King County, Puget Sound Labor Agency and is a Visiting Committee member of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. By trade Freiboth is an Able Seaman in the U.S Merchant Marine who, prior to service with his union, worked as a deckhand on the Washington State Ferries. A Kitsap County native, Freiboth is a third generation Washingtonian who completed his BA in Labor History at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2012.
Pamela L. Banks is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS). For more than 29 years, Pamela has been a leading member in the city of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound Region. She is a tireless advocate for equality and social justice, building community partnerships and strengthening community engagement. In 1982, she began a career with the City of Seattle that would span 30 years. She launched her career as a community organizer and would soon become a public relations manager in the Department of Housing and Human Services. Over the years, Pamela held multiple positions with increased responsibilities including strategic advisor in the Department of Transportation; program manager in the Department of Neighborhoods and senior policy advisor and community outreach director for Mayor Greg Nickels.
As a longtime resident of Seattle’s Central District, in tandem with working for the city, she continued personal and private outreach to African American and other communities of color. Pamela has served on multiple boards which include the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Seattle International Baseball League(as president for ten years) and is a founding board member of the Garfield High School Foundation. She currently sits on the board and executive committee for the Alliance for Education, Capitol Hill Housing and is President of her condominium association.
In June of 2012, Pamela became the second woman in the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s 85-year history to hold the position of President and CEO. Expanding her community outreach by leading ULMS was a natural fit, because of her early connections to the Urban League Movement.
Bob Donegan manages Ivar’s where he has worked for almost 18 years. The company operates locations throughout Washington state. He also sits on the boards of the Seattle Chamber, Seattle Sports Commission, Seattle Historic Waterfront Assn, Seattle Aquarium, Boeing Classic Charity Golf Tourney.
Over 60 representatives from regional technology companies, K-12 and higher Eeucation institutions and government leaders gathered at Northeastern’s Seattlegraduate campus last week to brainstorm actions that be taken collectively to better meet the region and state need for workers skilled in computer science.
The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and its Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Northeastern University Dean Tayloe Washburn, hosted the event. The meeting started with a dramatic demonstration of a code-teaching robot named NAO, an innovative medium that is now being used in approximately 1,200 K-12 schools and universities around the world. We then heard an update on the WTIA’s active role in developing tools to help small and medium technology companies adopt internship or co-op programs as a time-tested recruiting technique. Community college leaders in attendance also outlined the two federal Department of Labor grants they have submitted. Organizations like the WTIA,AT&T, Impinj and Tableau Software are each integrally involved in these grant applications, and have committed to help the colleges develop curriculum aligned to industry needs and also help teach the courses. If these grants are awarded, it will significantly boost the computer science capacity of community colleges across the state.
The bulk of the meeting was devoted to reviewing a draft Computer Science Shortage Strategic Plan which has been spearheaded by Washington State House Education Committee leaders, Rep. Drew Hanson and Rep. Chad Magendanz.The plan is designed to direct new state investments in computer science in the most effective manner. The specific programs identified would:
1) help increase the role of computer science courses in K-12
2) increase the computer science degree production from higher education institutions
3) improve and increase the numbers of professionals trained to teach computer science.
This summit attracted top computer science leaders from the Washington Roundtable’s Partnership for Learning, Project Lead the Way, Ada Academy, Washington STEM, the University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses, Washington State University, City University and representatives of Microsoft, F5 and other technology companies.
The state legislators collected specific feedback from these stakeholders on all elements of the draft Strategic Plan, and will return with new drafts prior to putting forward specific bills to the Washington State Legislature in 2015. Contact our Dean, Tayloe Washburn, if you would like to participate in the Workforce Development Committee or be kept abreast of its work.
(Originally posted by Andrew McCarty on the Northeastern University Aspire Blog)
As the veteran services specialist at Northeastern University, I’m honored to serve our veterans and servicemembers on campus by helping them navigate the services we offer. I know first-hand the challenges of separating from the military, looking for employment, finding a place to live, and starting school after years away from the classroom. I’m proud to say that when I was finally ready to start again, I attended Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies to earn my bachelor’s degree.
It’s no secret that Northeastern University puts significant emphasis on career development for our students. Being prepared for and savvy about professional life after graduation is a core key to success for students across all industries. Through our renowned Co-Op program, Northeastern’s relationship with over 3,000 companies world-wide means a sure connection for students when they need it most.
We’re thrilled to be acknowledged for this work by College Magazine, which recently ranked Northeastern University #1 on their list of top U.S. colleges with career services. Click below to read their full list. Interested in learning more about our career development services? Check out our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Marcella Bombardieri
SEATTLE — Across the street from Amazon headquarters, flanked by a prestigious biology institute on one side and a Filipino-Vietnamese food truck on the other, sitsa storefront in a booming biotech enclave of the city. The space is decked in red and white, with modernist lounge chairs and molecule-shaped sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
Northeastern University-Seattle and Seattle Works have partnered to offer scholarship opportunities to Seattle Works volunteer leaders and leadership training graduates in a variety of graduate programs at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. A kick off party to commemorate this partnership was held on March 6th where attendees learned about both organizations and what this partnership now offers.
Eligible Seattle Works members will receive a scholarship covering 10 percent of the tuition for Northeastern University—Seattle’s online and hybrid career-focused graduate degree programs in areas including corporate and organizational communication, digital media, global studies and international relations, the doctor of law and policy, nonprofit management, project management, and many others. Scholarship recipients will also receive a number of benefits including access to speaker and learning series.
For the past 25 years, Seattle Works has connected thousands of individual and team volunteers to a wide variety of public service projects and provided leadership training in nonprofit management and related areas. It has managed volunteer projects for such companies as Microsoft, Accenture, Starbucks, Jet Blue and UPS, among many others.
“Seattle Works volunteers aim to strengthen their communities and themselves. Pursuing graduate study at a first-class organization like Northeastern University—Seattle is a natural next step in growing as a professional and as a community leader,” says Tara Smith, executive director of Seattle Works.
“Seattle Works and Northeastern are a natural fit, as we both offer programs and opportunities to help young professionals create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs,” says Tayloe Washburn, founding Dean and CEO of Northeastern—Seattle. “By partnering together, we can help strengthen our region even more effectively.”
To learn more about the partnership, contact Claire Lewis at email@example.com or at (206) 467-5488
Northeastern University- Seattle hosted a game design workshop where Professor Jay Laird directed a packed room through game design exercises and the Masters in Digital Media offered by Northeastern. Each group was tasked with developing their own games complete with rules and modes of play. The night was fun and full of laughs as each group creatively worked through the assigned tasks all the while learning what it means to be a game designer.
Professor Laird also touched upon the GAMES initiative and how Northeastern University- Seattle is breaking ground in video games designed for social change. The GAMES initiative focuses on getting and keeping middle school aged girls interested in STEM fields and topics through the use of targeted video games.
Below is a video of the work Northeastern students have done and a taste of what a Northeastern education can yield in the field of game design.
By Tayloe Washburn
The U.S. needs 144,000 new computer science workers each year but graduates only 15,500 students with computer science degrees, according to Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. This skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing our region. In Seattle, there are thousands of open positions at Microsoft, Amazon and smaller companies, while half of millennials are unemployed or underemployed, and older job seekers struggle to find work.
Northeastern University – Seattle was thrilled to host over 100 local leaders for our speaker series “Critical Lessons from Super Storm Sandy: Will Puget Sound be resilient in the face of the next disaster?” After a presentation by Northeastern University’s Dr. Stephen Flynn, the audience of educators, public officials, emergency management professionals, students, military personnel, business leaders, and more enjoyed a panel discussion featuring Walt Hubbard of King County Emergency Management; Barb Graff of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, Mike Harbour of Sound Transit; and Dr. Scott Miles of Western Washington University. The panel discussed regional resilience and preparedness in the face of various natural disasters. Topics ranged from personal preparedness to institutional planning for natural disasters and attendees were treated individual talks by panelists and a question and answer session. Lunch was served and attendees left full, mindful and prepared for what could face our region in the future.
The Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21) recorded the program. Upcoming broadcast times are:
Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
After that, it will be available on-demand at www.seattlechannel.org
You can find a copy of Dr. Flynn’s presentation here.
Additional information on our region’s resilience planning can be found here:
Interested in either entering the field of emergency management operation or moving ahead in the field? Consider attending our Open House for our Master of Arts of Homeland Security Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @Northeastern University – Seattle. For more information and to RSVP, click here.