Author Profile

Eleni Papadakis | Executive Director, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2007, Eleni Papadakis has served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board in Washington State.

Prior to this, Papadakis was the Vice President for Planning and Advancement with the Commonwealth Corporation in Boston, where also served as the Vice President and Director for the Center for Workforce Innovation and as the Director for Program Services.

Papadakis also owned and operated a small business, a restaurant and entertainment venue in Worcester, Massachusetts.

She began her career as a therapist, career counselor, and Adult Basic Education instructor.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Papadakis earned her BA in Psychology from Clark University in 1980, and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in 1982.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Papadakis has served on the boards of a number of local, state, and national organizations dealing with educational access and workforce development. In her local community, she has served on the boards of theatre organizations, community action agencies, voters rights, and youth services organizations.