David Puente Jr.

David Puente Jr. photo
Deputy Director
DVA Executive

David Puente Jr. is the Deputy Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to DVA he served as the assistant director for Labor and Industries, Field Services and Public Safety Division, where he was responsible for 19 field offices throughout Washington.

After his service as a Sergeant in the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, David joined the Department of Labor and Industries as a fraud investigator in 1992 where his career would expand over the next 28 years.  He shifted to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and promoted into several positions; safety and health specialist and industrial hygienist, regional compliance manager, statewide compliance manager and deputy assistant director for the division.  His path continued as the director of Human Resources and finally served as the assistant director of Field Services and Public Safety.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Central Washington University.  He enjoys serving his community by officiating baseball and football as a member of the Washington Officials Association. He is also a member of the South Sound Football Official Association, Thurston County Youth Football League, and South Sound Umpires Association.