People of Color Legislative Summit

Please save the date for the 3rd Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit (POCLS)Organizational and/or self-identified community leaders of color across Washington are cordially invited to join us virtually on Saturday, December 4th, 10 AM-1 PM to represent their organizations and identify shared legislative priorities.

The summit has 2 main goals:

  1. to stimulate dialogue between diverse POC organizations, community leaders, and state legislators of color to build statewide solidarity and mobilizing capacity on the most important issues to our collective communities of color.
  2. to organize a platform for community leaders of color to develop and push forward our communities’ legislative priorities with the bicameral Black Members Caucus (BMC) and the House and Senate Members of Color Caucuses (MOCC’s).

Event details and the registration link will be sent in the coming weeks. You may add other community leaders of color to our invitation list via our referral form here. We ask that everyone please honor that this event, for the purposes of this event, is for those who identify as both a community leader and a person of color.

This summit is put together by volunteer BMC and MOCC members and staff who are continually adjusting POCLS according to the invaluable feedback of participants. If you have any questions or comments regarding POCLS, you can submit them here.

People of color legislative summit flyer

Join us for our November Board Meeting!

The Commission will convene its Public Board Meeting on Saturday, November 20, from 10 AM – 12 PM. Based on guidance from the Department of Health related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the meeting will be held remotely via video conference call. A dial-in option will also be available for those who are unable to access the meeting electronically.

The link to participate, dial-in information, and meeting materials will be made available to the general public on CAPAA’s website prior to the meeting. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment may contact Project Coordinator Brenda O’Brien at <> with the following information: name, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliated organization.

This is a barrier-free event. Requests for accommodations, including translation or interpreter services, should be made to <> by Friday, November 12th, 5 PM PT.

November Board Meeting flyer with time information


Just earlier this week, CAPAA met with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) to discuss the needs of our community and opportunities to collaborate. We are grateful to have this opportunity to make sure that our voices are heard at every level of government.

WHIAANHPI Meeting Photo

PICA-WA Food Support

At CAPAA, our hearts go out to the friends and family of Kfin Karuo and his father Mr. Karuo, beloved members of the Pasifika community and specifically our Chuukese community in Vancouver Washington.

Our friends at PICA-WA are collecting food donations to support the family and community. They are taking rice, canned corn beef (palms brand), coconut cream cans, soy sauce, spam, mackerel cans, and kimchee bowls (Nongshim). If you would like to purchase any of these items, please do so and deliver it to PICA-WA. You may also donate directly to PICA-WA at and designate the donations to the Karuo family or bring check or cash to the PICA-WA office at 33710 9th Ave S Suite 1, Federal Way WA. All donations will go directly to Iumie Karuo, the family matriarch.

They do not recommend others to reach out independently at this time to the family. Please lean on your PICA-WA partner to do this work instead so that cultural protocol is honored and respected. You may reach out to Joseph at

We hold our communities and our loved ones close in this time.

Telling the Full History Preservation Fund

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is launching a one-time grant program to interpret and preserve historic places of importance to underrepresented communities across the country. To learn more, visit

The Trust will provide $25,000 and $50,000 grants for humanities-based work to preserve places important to underrepresented communities including, but are not limited to, women, immigrants, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQA communities.

Grants will be awarded in four categories:

  • Research, planning, and implementation of interpretation programs
  • Research and documentation for local, state, and federal designations
  • Architectural design and planning to preserve and activate historic places
  • Training workshops to support interpretation and preservation of historic places

Applications will be available starting November 1, 2021. To sign up for updates, go to

Social Emotional Learning Family and Community Forum

The Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) and the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Advisory Committee will be jointly hosting a virtual family and community forum on Thursday, November 4th from 5pm-7pm to discuss Social Emotional Learning.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Student belonging
  • Culturally responsive SEL
  • Co-Designing SEL with families
  • Preparing the educator workforce for SEL

Space will be limited, so please pre-register. Priority will be given to students, families and community members. Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided. If you need accommodations or language interpretation, please indicate on your registration.

To register in English click here.
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Working Families Tax Credit Listening Sessions

The Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting 4 online listening sessions in early November to hear from our community stakeholders on the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) program, focusing on issues such as eligibility, identity verification, the application process, and customer service. Your input will help us during the rulemaking process for the administration of the program. Get a preview of the list of questions and topics.

Thursday, November 4 6:00 – 7:30 PM Sign up!
Tuesday, November 9 1:00 – 2:30 PM Sign up!
Tuesday, November 9 6:00 – 7:30 PM Sign up!
Saturday, November 13 10:00-11:30 AM Sign up!

Can’t attend a listening session? Take their survey!

Nothing About Us Without Us Coalition Meetings

The Nothing About Us Without Us Coalition is holding meetings to discuss HB 1566 and ensuring that people with disabilities are included at the decision-making table. Meetings will be held via Zoom from 6 – 8 PM on the following days:

Wednesday, November 10th
Wednesday, December 8th

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 963 9354 6090
Passcode: 111597

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Global Entrepreneurship Month

The Washington State Department of Commerce is once again focusing on the state’s entrepreneurs, offering a wide selection of free online workshops and sessions as part of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Month (GEM) celebration.

Global Entrepreneurship Month is Washington’s annual celebration for those who want to realize their dream of owning and operating their own business. It is inspired by and builds upon Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 8-14), a global event that hosts entrepreneur activities around the world.

Check out the complete list of Global Entrepreneurship Month events.

Entrepreneurs may also want to check out Commerce’s Entrepreneur Academy, a series of 11 courses covering everything from ideation to avoiding common mistakes in building a business.

Multicultural Village Survey for Adults with Disabilities on Housing Needs

Open Doors for Multicultural Families would like to develop an affordable housing project for people with disabilities and their families. You are invited to participate in a survey about your housing needs as a person with disabilities. Please fill out the short survey:

Gender and Justice Commission Openings

The Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission currently has open membership positions and invites interested people to apply by November 30th.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to for consideration by the Commission Co-Chairs and Nominations Committee. If there are specific issues that you are interested in working on with the Commission, please reference that in your materials.

Women’s Commission Internships

The Washington State Women’s Commission (WSWC) invites Washington’s future leaders to apply to its internship program in the Commission office.

This program allows students to make a significant contribution to our state while exploring career options and gaining valuable professional experience.

Students with an interest in Political Science, Communications, Public Policy, and Women and Gender Studies are strongly encouraged to apply. Excellent writing skills, strong communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality are a must.

For more information and to apply, go to

Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials Opening

The Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is searching for applicants to join their board. The position would start July 1, 2022, and end on June 30, 2026. Applicants cannot be a state official; public employee; lobbyist; or an immediate family member of an official, public employee or lobbyist. Applicants must have general personnel management experience.

For more information, please visit

Vaccine Locator

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all Washington residents ages 12 and up. If you or a loved one have not yet been vaccinated, there’s an easy way to find vaccinations near you! The Washington State Department of Health has a Vaccine Locator page available, or you can call 1-800-525-0127. Language assistance is available.

If you or someone you know is homebound and not able to leave the house to get the COVID-19 vaccine, homebound vaccination services are available through this survey:

vaccine locator information

Current and Upcoming Gubernatorial Appointment Opportunities

Washington is home to vibrant communities and diverse residents who all have unique talents, skills and experiences. Governor Inslee places a high priority on boards, commissions, and agencies that are reflective of the diverse make-up of Washington and that utilize the impressive talent of our residents. We are always seeking skilled and experienced individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in boards and commissions ensuring an effective and representative government.

We are excited to share the highlighted Current and Upcoming Gubernatorial Appointment Opportunities.

As someone with deep roots in your respective communities and organizations, we hope that you will share these opportunities. Anyone interested in being appointed will need to fill out this Application. Please explore the Boards and Commissions Profiles if you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities to get involved.

Job Opportunities

Development Manager | API Chaya | Open until filled

SODO Community Market Assistant | Northwest Harvest | Open until filled

Education Coalition Manager | OneAmerica | Open until filled

Immigrant Integration Director | OneAmerica | Open until filled

Managing Director | OneAmerica | Open until filled

Washington New Americans (WNA) Program Associate | OneAmerica | Open until filled

Habitat Improvement Projects Manager | Pierce Conservation District | Open until filled

Commerce Specialist 2 – Victims of Crime Program | Washington State Department of Commerce | November 1, 2021

Pharmacy and Health Records Operations Manager | Washington State Department of Corrections | Open until filled

Construction Stormwater Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) | Washington State Department of Ecology | Open until filled

Eastern Regional Compliance and Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) | Washington State Department of Ecology | Open until filled

Marine Monitoring Unit (MMU) Supervisor (WMS Band 1) | Washington State Department of Ecology | Open until filled

Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) | Washington State Department of Ecology | Open until filled

Senior Regional Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 4) | Washington State Department of Ecology | Open until filled

Budget Analyst 3 | Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife | November 16, 2021

Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 | Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife | Open until filled

Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 – Taylor’s Checkerspot Recovery & Management | Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife | November 1, 2021

Fish Hatchery Specialist 2 (In-Training) – Lyons Ferry Hatchery | Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife | October 26, 2021

Administrative Assistant 5 | Washington State Department of Health | Open until filled

Director, Office of Community Health Systems | Washington State Department of Health | Open until filled

Legislative & External Affairs Liaison (WMS 3) | Washington State Department of Revenue | Open until filled

Executive Director | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Special Agent (Bellingham/Burlington/Everett/Oak Harbor/Anacortes) | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Special Agent (Federal Way) | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Special Agent (Quincy/Moses Lake/Othello/Yakima) | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Special Agent (Spokane) | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Special Agent (Tribal Gaming Unit) | Washington State Gambling Commission | Open until filled

Public Records Assistant | Washington State House of Representatives | Open until filled

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jamila Taylor | Washington State House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus | November 2, 2021

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley | Washington State House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus | November 1, 2021

Legislative Assistant to Rep. Mia Gregerson | Washington State House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus | November 3, 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator | Washington State Senate | November 19, 2021

Law & Justice Committee – Staff Counsel | Washington State Senate Committee Services | Open until filled

Senate Committee Services Senior Staff Director | Washington State Senate Committee Services | November 5, 2021

Ways & Means Committee – Fiscal Analyst – Capital Budget | Washington State Senate Committee Services | Open until filled

Legislative Assistant to Senator Christine Rolfes | Washington State Senate, Democratic Caucus | Open until filled

Software Developer – Information Technology | Washington Student Achievement Council | November 4, 2021

External Relations Director | Washington Traffic Safety Commission | November 1, 2021

RFP Opportunities

College accreditation courses for disadvantaged adults RFP | Washington State Department of Commerce | November 8, 2021

Creative Economy Strategic Plan RFP | Washington State Department of Commerce | November 9, 2021

Falls Prevention Training RFP | Washington State Department of Social and Health Services | November 3, 2021