Human Services Program Manager Mindy Woods named 2023 Edmonds Employee of Year

L-R: Human Services Program Manager Mindy Woods with Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson and Deputy Parks, Recreation and Human Services Director Shannon Burley.

City of Edmonds Human Services Program Manager Mindy Woods has been recognized as the 2023 Edmonds Employee of the Year.

Each year, staff nominate co-workers for their contributions to their department and/or the city. The Employee of the Year announcement is made during the annual employee appreciation picnic, held this year at City Park Sept. 7.

Woods began her role as human services program manager in May 2020. Since that time, she has focused on establishing relationships with service providers and organizations to connect people with the resources they need – including household support grants, motel vouchers, food and free cell phones.

“Mindy’s work has been recognized by the Governor and by Snohomish County,” said Deputy Parks, Recreation and Human Services Director Shannon Burley, who nominated Woods for the award. “She is a respected and integral part of the community with a personal drive to better the lives of everyone she meets. It is difficult to put all that she brings to the city in this form but as her supervisor I can say that she is relied upon by many both internal and external stakeholders, she always goes above and beyond and gives it everything she has.”

In the past 12 months, Woods has personally coordinated services for over 150 individuals in Edmonds. In 2023, she was able to secure $400,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce to fund motel vouchers for people experiencing homelessness in Edmonds.

In addition to her day-to-day work, Woods serves the broader community locally, regionally and at the federal level. Some of her work includes:

-Appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee for the State Advisory Council on Homelessness.

– Participating in the National Low Income Housing Coalition working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and White House officials on a Tenant Bill of Rights in Washington, D.C.

– Serving as board member for Housing Hope, a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council Equity Advisory Committee, the YWCA Public Policy Committee, the State of Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Board of Directors, and the Snohomish County Homeless Policy Taskforce.

“This is a huge honor,” Woods said as she accepted this award. “I don’t do this work for accolades. I do this work because I feel like it’s my calling,. I’ve been through homelessness twice and I just feel it’s a great privilege to be able to serve my community in this way.”

  1. Congratulations Mindy. This is a well-earned honor and recognition.

    Alison and I attended the Community Police Academy last year, and Mindy was one of our speakers. She gave an excellent talk about the services she enables on behalf of the city to our neighbors who need them. I continue to hear nothing but good things about her work, much of it in the Highway 99 corridor. She knows our city, and she knows her job; I hope she stays as long as she’s still needed.

  2. Congratulations, Mindy! On your fine contributions and achievement for the City of Edmonds. Your efforts do not go unnoticed! Many times I have visited the North Hwy 99 Edmonds Neighborhood City Hall, and I want to commend the work of Cindy, David Bartells, and Tabitha Showmake. Thank you for your service.

  3. Not only does Mindy have a huge heart, deep faith and a calling to this work, she obviously applies herself beyond just words, which is an inspiration to me. Congratulations, Mindy!

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