Louisa Erickson is the Workforce Development Programs and Policy Administrator with the WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Louisa serves as the DSHS state lead for WIOA and integration of TANF and SNAP E&T programs, provides administration of the Employment Pipeline program, and alignment of workforce programs with consideration for effective employment and training practices, whole family and intergenerational approaches. Louisa has over 22 years of experience successfully developing, implementing, managing and providing technical assistance for programs designed to remove barriers to success for vulnerable youth and adult populations. Her experience includes 10 years in the local, community-based realm, and 13 years at the state, systems level. Louisa’s most recent experience previous to joining DSHS was with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), serving in both Adult Education and Workforce Education as the agency administrator for I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) programs in Washington state, and successfully leading national expansion and technical assistance efforts with more than 20 states.