Elected Experience: Chair, Pierce County Ethics Commission (appointed).
Other Professional Experience: College administrator expanding student opportunity, including at Pierce and Tacoma Community Colleges and Evergreen State College; former Deputy Director of Pierce County's human service department, providing services to thousands of Pierce County families, seniors, veterans, and kids; owns local business with husband.
Education: PhD, Oregon State; M.Ed and BA, Western Washington.
Community Service: President, University Place Schools PTSA; Board Member, YMCA; Trustee, Accountable Community of Health; Mari is active in our schools and her church. Mother of seven including two adopted through foster care. Mari believes children deserve secure, loving homes.
Statement: Extreme partisanship is harming our communities and families. To address pressing local issues, we need independent, thoughtful leadership focused on common sense and shared values. With your vote, I’ll demand more from state government-- including critical mental health and addiction assistance, education investment, veteran’s services, as well as school and neighborhood safety. I’ll fight for targeted property tax and car-tab relief.
I’ve spent my career helping kids reach their potential, providing help for seniors and military families, and building a successful family business. Instead of excuses and partisan bickering, I’ll listen to you, and deliver on our priorities.