Workforce Development Director
Chelsea works to find alternatives to plant closure and job dislocation, and when such closures and layoffs can’t be avoided, she helps the affected workers have access to job retraining and reemployment program opportunities available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Chelsea works closely with fellow Workforce Development Directors Kairie Pierce, Rachel McAloon and Emmanuel Flores, and Workforce Development Coordinator Karen White.
Having previously worked for the WSLC from 2008 to 2011, Chelsea rejoining the Council as Workforce Development Director in May 2021. Before coming to the WSLC, she worked for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th), including as his liaison to organized labor. Over the past 10 years, Mason-Placek has served as legislative director, first for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE 2001 and then for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751.
Chelsea currently represents labor’s interests on the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Information Advisory Council.
She can be reached at 253-973-3324 or via email.