Cindy Guertin-Anderson will lead Commerce’s community services division

OLYMPIA, WA – Lisa Brown, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce, announced today that Cindy GuertinAnderson will join the agency’s leadership team as Deputy Director of the Community Services Division effective September 1.

Cindy GuertinAnderson

Guertin-Anderson comes to Commerce from the Department of State Business Services, where she served as assistant director for workforce support and development. She has led teams that support state agencies throughout the employee lifecycle – from recruitment and retention to training and development and personal and career support through the Employee Assistance Program. .

Before joining state government in 2016, Guertin-Anderson worked in the nonprofit and faith-based sectors. She has primarily worked with survivors of violence and to support social change in a variety of settings, including as director of a rape crisis program, trauma therapist, and community organizer for organizations focused on immigrant rights and LGBTQ+ and anti-racism work.

“Cindy’s passion for social justice is evident in her accomplishments and her approach to leadership,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “Commerce has a strong commitment to equity in all of the work we do to strengthen communities across the state. I am delighted to have him on board to lead the community services division. »

Guertin-Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Whitworth University and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

“I am so thrilled to have the privilege of serving alongside the Commerce team – I am inspired by how the department works to prioritize investments in underserved communities, make decisions with equity and justice, and ensuring that community voices are centered,” said Guertin-Anderson.

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