Agency Awards

RAIN's 2022 Outstanding Agency Awards 

Agency Awards Nominations Handout

Agency Awards Purpose for Hyperlinking

Event Flyer

Event Agenda

Join us to Celebrate!

This year's Agency Award Celebration will be hybrid in-person and over zoom! The event takes place Oct. 20, 2022. No registration required.

When: October 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission: Hearing Room

621 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, WA 98503 or join via Zoom.

Parking: There is free visitor parking in front of the building and throughout Woodland Square Loop. View a printable parking map, and print a visitor parking pass to park in reserved lots. Parking passes will be available to pick up at the event as well.

Accomodation: ASL interpreters and Live captioning will be available at the event for both in-person guests and those who join via zoom. The UTC Hearing Room is accessible. For other accomodation requests please email

Congratulations to this year's winners and nominees!


  • Eastern Washington University - Student Affairs

  • Department of Social and Health Services - Economic Services Administration

  • Department of Enterprise Services - Buildings and Grounds


  • Employment Security Department
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Services for the Blind- Orientation and Training Program

  • Department of Enterprise Services- Washington Enterprise Services

  • Department of Licensing

  • Department of Ecology

  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families


As part of the LGBTQ+ community, please provide detailed feedback about how the agency you are nominating encourages a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace. The more information you can provide, the better.

Although the first few questions require a response, your name and agency information will be redacted before the selection process begins.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate an agency! The nomination process was open from June 15 through August 1, 2022. 

RAIN recommends the distribution of the RAIN Outstanding Agency Award nomination form to all Washington State employees for opportunity to nominate employers (teams, programs, divisions, administrations, etc.) who have done an outstanding job of creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees. A nominating employee will complete the prompts on the form and submit it to RAIN during the nomination period (15 June - 1 August). The nomination review committee will score all nominations and the top three


In 2016, Governor Inslee established Directive 16-11 to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace for LGBTQ employees and customers. Several agencies have led the way in this work, and the RAIN Best Practices subcommittee has developed an agency award to recognize those entities. In developing nomination questions and scoring criteria, the RAIN Best Practices subcommittee has evaluated award nomination processes created by others, including the Agency of the Year Award given by the Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG). They used research to create the nomination form and their process. The RAIN Outstanding Agency Award shines a spotlight on agencies that have worked diligently to make Washington State an Employer of Choice for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Purpose of the Award

This award has been created by RAIN to recognize state agencies (or specific programs within the agency) who have created/improved the safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees. This award is specifically to recognize the impact on employees and is not a reflection of the services provided by agencies to their constituents (it is our belief if there is a positive impact on employees, service delivery will also be positively impacted). Furthermore, an award received is meant to highlight the efforts of the agency, it is not an all-encompassing compliment of the agency. We all have work to do, the award is about effort, not perfection. As programs receive the RAIN Outstanding Agency Award, they will be recognized for the hard work they are doing on behalf of their employees. Agencies will look to you as a role  model and resource to assist in the creation of their initiatives to improve the LGBTQ+ employee experience.

Past Agency Awards

Oct. 22, 2021 

Outstanding Agency Awards: Congratulations to this year's RAIN Outstanding Agency Award winners! 

Every year, Washington state employees nominate agencies that have led the way in work to help create a safe and inclusive environment for LGTBQ+ employees. Nominations highlight specific changes in policies, practices, and culture that each agency has done to promote LGTBQ+ awareness and inclusivity. These awards are so special because the nominations come from employees within the agency that appreciate and recognize the work being done agency wide. We celebrate and thank all the nominated agencies for the work they are doing!

The 2021 Agency Awards Ceremony was on Oct. 21, 2021 during our October general membership meeting.