Ms. Brandt has been CEO of AtWork! since August of 2006. She is leading the organization through an evolutionary transformation to change the way people with significant disabilities get and retain real jobs. Her career includes thirty years of experience working on behalf of people with disabilities, low income families, and people experiencing homelessness.
Ms. Brandt is President of the Board for the Community Employment Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization with a membership network of businesses and employment service providers in the State of Washington. She is spearheading a group of employment providers and King County staff working to create a common set of measurable outcomes. She is also a member of a state rate structure committee advising the Department of Developmental Disabilities about legislative direction and policy. Ms. Brandt is a member of the Issaquah Kiwanis Club and chairs the Community Services Committee and the Aktion Club Committee.
Prior to joining AtWork! Ms. Brandt served as Vice President of Operations for Volunteers of America Western Washington, overseeing a $18 million budget. She was also instrumental in the development of Snohomish County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness which has received national attention as a best practice model. From 1998 to 2003 Ms. Brandt served as the Chief Operations Officer for AtWork! and managed human resources, crew services, and general operations for the Bellevue and Kenmore facilities. She was heavily involved in the negotiations that led to the merger of Custom Industries and Community Enterprises of Issaquah to become AtWork! in 1998.