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WorkFirst Poverty Reduction Oversight Task Force, Legislative-Executive

The Legislative-Executive WorkFirst Poverty Reduction Oversight Task Force (Poverty Reduction Task Force), was established by HB 1482 (2018 Legislative Session). As directed, the new Poverty Reduction Task Force will pick up the portfolio of the previous task force and include the topic of intergenerational poverty.

The task force serves as a platform for legislative and executive branches to oversee the operation of the WorkFirst and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, and determine evidence-based outcome measures for the WorkFirst program. The task force also develops and monitors strategies to prevent and address adverse childhood experiences and reduce intergenerational poverty. The task force serves as an advisory capacity to recommend policy actions to the governor and the legislature to effectively reduce intergenerational poverty and promote and encourage self-sufficiency.


See list of members

  • Jim Baumgart, Office of the Governor
  • Nicole Rose, Department of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Michelle Caldier, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Jeannie Darneille, Washington State Senate
  • Manka Dhingra, Washington State Senate
  • Erin Frasier, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  • Mia Gregerson, Washington State House of Representatives
  • James Harms, Department of Corrections
  • Mona Johnson, Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction
  • Christine Kilduff, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Diane Klontz, Department of Commerce
  • Gina Mosbrucker, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Mystique Hurtado, Governor's Office of Indian Affairs
  • Nam Nguyen, Asian Pacific Islander Commission
  • Daisye Orr, Department of Health
  • Rich Pannkuk, Office of Financial Management
  • Ed Prince, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs
  • Tim Probst, Employment Security Department
  • Maria Siguenza, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • David Stillman, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Cheryl Strange, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Maureen Walsh, Washington State Senate
  • Hans Zeiger, Washington State Senate



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