Employee’s work helps to save a veteran

Jodi Riley-Kauer, a Social Worker with the Department of Community and Human Services Veterans Program, recently helped a veteran (“John”) who was homeless and having a really hard time finding work.  “Jodi said she would help me, but on the condition that I would follow her direction, which I did,” John said. After a few meetings, Jodi recommended that John go to the Veterans Administration medical center to be screened for mental illness. “I knew she was probably right because I had thoughts of hurting myself and had some anger built up… Read More

Employees Share Learnings from Equity Conference

A group of employees who attended the Governing for Racial Equity (GRE) Conference in Portland, Ore., last month came back with new ideas and renewed energy for challenging racial inequity in our community. “People brought all of their expertise and experience to the conference, and our job now is to bring that back to our work and to grow it,” said Jo Anne Fox, a Budget Analyst in the Office of Performance, Budget and Strategy, at a lunch and learn discussion for employees. More than 550 people from around the United States… Read More

Metro Sets PACE for Comprehensive Equity

When the leaders of ATU Local 587, King County Metro, and Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 launched the Partnership To Achieve Comprehensive Equity, or PACE, in September of 2013, it signaled a binding commitment to build and enhance the processes, tools, and standards for advancing diversity and equal opportunity for all Metro employees. Since this landmark agreement, employees and managers serving on the Steering Committee have met regularly and have worked together to create a work plan for the coming year.  Because the work of this effort is substantial, and because… Read More