Elected Experience: State Senator; San Juan County Commissioner
Other Professional Experience: Two decades of professional experience in the private and public sectors developing policy, community development strategies, and conservation initiatives: Principal and Owner of a successful consulting company; Chair, San Juan County Board of County Commissioners; Senior Fellow, Ocean Foundation; Chair, Washington Counties Transportation Committee.
Education: BS, Evergreen State College, Ecology/Community Development; Graduate, University of Idaho, Energy Horizon Institute
Community Service: Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council; President, Pacific Northwest Economic Region; National Board of Directors, Surfrider Foundation; Past Board of Directors, UC Davis School of Wildlife Health SeaDoc Society
Statement: It’s an honor to serve as your State Senator. Together, we are making real progress for local families and communities, addressing important issues like expanded ferry funding, investments in our schools, lower college tuition, and funding critical replacements and repairs of our aging roads and bridges. This said, there is still much to do –particularly our need to fully fund our children’s education.
As a member of the Senate budget leadership, I’m proud of the role I play in securing resources for these priorities and more –crafting spending plans that reflect our values and set a course for long term stability. I helped win an overdue raise for teachers, protected the safety net, and fought back partisan attacks on worker rights and efforts to de-fund environmental cleanup.
A champion for LGBTQ and women’s rights, I am a leading voice for economic and social justice. A longtime environmental leader, I will continue to seek long-term solutions to reduce carbon pollution –a real threat to our economy and quality of life.
I hope to have the honor of continuing to serve you as your State Senator.