Joe Kendo


Government Affairs Director


Joe Kendo (he/him) joined the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, lobbying team in October 2013. In May 2015, he was named the Government Affairs Director. In this position, Joe helps develop the WSLC’s legislative agenda, serves on several internal and external policy committees, and works with affiliated unions and community partners to improve the lives of Washington’s working families.

As Government Affairs Director, Kendo represents the WSLC on the L&I Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Advisory Committee, the Employment Security Advisory Council, and the External Advisory Committee to the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Prior to joining the WSLC, Kendo served as a Council Representative for the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28. In that position, he did internal organizing in support of contract negotiations and better working conditions, trained shop stewards, and recruited members for WFSE political activities and leadership positions on the council. Prior to that, during the 2008 legislative session, Kendo served as the WSLC’s Legislative Intern. He lives in Bellevue with his wife, Becca, and their four boys.

Contact Joe at 206-747-8279 or via email.