I am a pragmatic, get-it-done person who believes in building relationships to accomplish lasting positive change. That is how I have succeeded in my professional life, serving our country overseas as a Senior Foreign Service Officer, as a high-level official at the WA State Department of Natural Resources, and as a vice president at The Evergreen State College.
Some highlights of that experience include:
Advocating for American economic, security and human rights interests around the world in the Foreign Service. Working for presidents from Reagan to Obama, I led U.S. Embassy operations that protected local Americans, opened doors for American businesses to sell goods abroad, built partnerships to fight common enemies and promoted peace and security for all. I left federal service with the equivalent rank of a two-star general.
Helping to lead the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in sustainably managing forests, wildfire fighting and improving the health of Puget Sound. As the agency’s communications director and a senior advisor, it was my privilege to work to conserve and protect Washington’s stunning natural resources.
Raising awareness of the huge positive impact of The Evergreen State College in our region, including returning $4.5 dollars in economic benefit for every state dollar spent, as vice president for college relations. I was also proud to help rebuild the college’s strong reputation for service to veterans and led its in-person return from COVID in fall 2021.
Service to our community is deeply important to me. I am focused on conserving vital natural areas and working lands in Mason and Thurston counties with the Capitol Land Trust. I have also served as a docent on the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail, as a past board member with the Olympia World Affairs Council, as a past board member with Thurston Community Media and as a member of the Thurston County and 35th District Democrats.
I am proud of my service to the people of Washington and to our nation. I am also deeply proud of my children, Marina age 27 and Nick age 25. My husband Anders and I have been married 32 years and love our home in rural Thurston County, where we have lived for the past ten years.