Joel Sacks was appointed Director of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in January, 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee, making him one of three ex-officio members serving on the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB). He is the Vice-Chair of the WSIB Committee and a member of the Private Markets, Audit and Administrative Committees. L&I’s mission is to “keep Washington safe and working.” The agency administers a number of critical programs including the state’s workers’ compensation system and its occupational safety and health program.
Previously he worked at the state Employment Security Department for nearly eight years serving as Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the Budget, Policy and Communications Division.
Prior to joining Employment Security, he was Deputy Director of Field Services at L&I. He also served four years at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor.
Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Haverford College and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs. He lives in Olympia with his wife and two daughters.