Eleni Papadakis has served as the executive director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board in Washington State since 2007. Prior to this, Papadakis was the vice president for planning and advancement with the Commonwealth Corporation in Boston, where she also served as the vice president and director for the Center for Workforce Innovation and as the director for program services. Papadakis also owned and operated a small business, a restaurant, and entertainment venue in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her career as a therapist, career counselor, and Adult Basic Education instructor. Papadakis earned her B.A. in psychology from Clark University in 1980, and M.A. in counseling psychology from Assumption College in 1982. Papadakis has served on the boards of a number of local, state, and national organizations dealing with educational access and workforce development. In her local community, she has served on the boards of theatre organizations, community action agencies, voters’ rights, and youth services organizations.