National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Our 2021 Endorsements

2021 may be an "off year" for federal races, but it's a big year for the city, county, and school board elections that are often the positions via which women enter politics. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year!


Are you running for office and seeking an endorsement? We're scheduling interviews! You'll find helpful information on our Get Endorsed page. 


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SHORTCUT TO ENDORSEMENTS BY POSITION

The National Women's Political Caucus screens and endorses candidates for federal-level offices, provided with the input of the local and state organizations

CITY POSITIONS

COUNTY POSITIONS

SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS

JUDICIAL POSITIONS

 

   
CITY POSITIONS  

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson
Bellevue City Council
Position 6

Lynne Robinson is a lifelong civic volunteer who started working in schools for developmentally disabled and homes for the elderly at a young age. As a Physical Therapist, she has devoted her career to helping provide opportunity for people of all abilities. She has a bachelors in Community Services, Physical Therapy, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After working in the private sector for 10 years, Lynne developed her own business in homecare helping older adults age in place through physical therapy and case management. Lynne served on the Bellevue Parks Board and Bellevue Network on Aging, chairing both before being elected to the Bellevue City Council in 2013, beginning her term in 2014. She is a lifelong advocate for women and believes in mentoring women. She has helped 4 women start their own PT businesses and meets regularly with many women looking for guidance in civic engagement.

Rosemary McAuliffe

Rosemary McAuliffe
Bothell City Council
Position 3

Northshore School District Board of Directors 1977-1992 Wa. State Senate 1993-2016 Bothell City Council 2017-2021 Through out my career as a community activist and a Mom I will always respect what I have learned from the voices I represent and what my children and husband taught me.

Krystal Marx

Krystal Marx
Burien City Council
Position 7

The current Deputy Mayor of Burien, Krystal Marx was elected to the Burien City Council in 2017 on a platform of 'Burien for All'. Her professional experience includes her current role as the Executive Director of Seattle Out & Proud (Seattle Pride), a LGBTQIA+-serving organization that focuses on advancing the rights of queer individuals throughout our region, previous operations and development roles at other Seattle-area nonprofits such as the Seattle-King County Dental Society, NAMI Washington, and King County Medical Society, and teaching leadership skills for She Should Run. Her volunteer work includes providing free Bystander Intervention and self-defense training to LGBTQIA+ groups and youth throughout King County, as well as serving as Vice Chair of the King County Young Democrats, President of the Board at Unexpected Productions Improv Theatre, and her current role on the Advisory Committee of Goodwin Connections. She is also a wife, and mother of four children under 13.

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
Edmonds City Council
Position 3

Councilmember Fraley-Monillas has served the citizens on the Edmonds City Council since 2010. She has held the position as President/Mayor-protem Three years as well as vice-chair for Two years. She has served as chair of numerous committees to include Finance, HR Public Safety, Parks and Public Works. Councilmember Fraley-Monillas has been voted in as Edmonds representative to the Snohomish Health District for the past Ten years, to include Two years as chair and Four years as vice-chair of the bipartisan board which determines policy and expenditures for Snohomish County. She has also served on the Snohomish County Law and Justice Commission for the past Eight years and SNOTRAC transportation representative for Nine years. Ms. Fraley-Monillas has been elected Regional PSRC alternate to the PSRC Executive Board for Six years.

Angela Harris

Angela Harris
Edmonds Port Commissioner
District 1

Angela is a Senior Business Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where she has worked for over 15 years. Starting in Microsoft Learning, she now works in the Device Partner Sales organization, driving strategy and execution of a portfolio of partner programs. Angela was elected for the 2018-2021 term as a Commissioner for the Port of Edmonds in Washington state and holds the seat for District 1. In addition, Angela has been a Global Give Back Circle mentor since 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Private Sector Engagement Advisory Committee. To support a world of gender equality, Global Give Back Circle and its partners economically empower at-risk adolescent girls and guide them on how to use their skills and talents to give back to their communities. Deeply grounded in her values, Angela advocates for people, educational opportunities, human rights, and the environment. She feels strongly that each day is a new day – offering countless opportunities to live passionately

Cassie Franklin

Cassie Franklin
Everett Mayor

Cassie Franklin is the first woman elected to be Mayor of the City of Everett. Since taking office in January 2018, she has led bold reforms and issued directives to improve public safety, economic development, affordable housing, community engagement, inclusion, equity, and fiscal sustainability-- including safely leading the city during the pandemic. Cassie grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and attended Lewis and Clark College. She later pursued graduate studies for family psychology in Munich, Germany. Her career has been defined by leadership and service. As the former CEO of Cocoon House, a non-profit organization serving homeless and at-risk youth, Cassie worked towards supporting youth from all backgrounds. When she was an Everett City Councilmember, she passed the first Safe City Resolution to ensure Everett is a safe city for all. Cassie continues to be champion for her community and the residents who live there.

Mary Fosse

Mary Fosse
Everett City Council
Position 1

Mary Fosse is a survivor, community advocate, small business owner, and Legislative Aide for State Rep. Emily Wicks. Currently on the Everett Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Council, Mary formerly served on the Council of Neighborhoods, as Chair of the Delta Neighborhood, and led a successful grassroots environmental justice campaign securing nearly $5.5 million for her underserved community. She has previous experience as an Everett Districting Commissioner, an Operations Manager, an Employment Dept. Employment Specialist, and as an Executive Assistant and Special Events Coordinator for Dale Chihuly. She has a BA from Whitman College and is an Institute for a Democratic Future Fellow. Having personally experienced childhood homelessness and poverty, Mary is running because she wants to advocate for this community, and it’s time for a fresh perspective in tackling the housing crisis and our perpetual budget deficit. She has 2 young children with her husband Mike Morad Dippery.

Paula Rhyne

Paula Rhyne
Everett City Council
Position 2

Paula is a two-time graduate of the University of Washington - first with her Political Science Degree and then with her Masters in Public Governance. She previously worked for then-King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson and after Bob was elected as Attorney General, she carried forward as Director of Constituent Relations for Rod Dembowski. Paula also served on the Board of Directors for the University District Food Bank for 6 years finishing as Board President. She currently works as the Legislative Aide for Snohomish County Councilmember Megan Dunn and has worked on policies for affordable housing, family friendly work practices, and justice-involved veterans. She and her husband live in Everett and have two cute kids and an old doggo named Sassy.

Liz Vogeli

Liz Vogeli
Everett City Council
Position 4

Liz Vogeli is a Fighter for the People! Since childhood Liz has been speaking up for women’s rights and for the rights of people who have been disenfranchised, ignored, and marginalized, and she has continued that fight on the Everett City Council. She has an Associates degree from Olympic College in Bremerton, WA and believes experience is the best teacher, especially when it is paired with curiosity. Liz became involved in community organizing while also working at childcare centers and in the Head Start program. The National Women’s Political Caucus represents the core values she holds close and to which she's demonstrated a commitment to prioritize and to uphold. Those priorities can be turned into policies that will protect what we as women and as elected leaders have fought so hard to win but which are now under attack. Liz Vogeli will never abandon that fight.

Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop
Ferndale City Council
Position 6

As a social services professional of twelve years and a working mom, Kate Bishop knows that the solutions to big problems are not as simple as they may seem. It requires listening to others and taking concrete steps to build a Ferndale that all can believe in. Kate Bishop grew up in a small town much like Ferndale in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. She moved to Whatcom County fifteen years ago and put down roots in Ferndale because she was ready to start a family. Kate always believed to make change, you must start at the grassroots level. So in 2017, she rolled up her sleeves and ran for city council. As a councilmember, she secured funding for the Community Resource Center, helped create the North Whatcom Poverty Task Force, chaired the Finance committee to ensure that every penny the city collects is spent wisely and I fought for big projects like the Thornton Overpass and the Star Park Picnic Shelter. Now, she is proud to run for reelection and continue to fight for you.

Barbara de Michele

Barbara de Michele
Issaquah City Council
Position 3

Barbara has participated widely in Issaquah civic activities. She served two terms on the Issaquah School Board, 1995 - 2003. Professionally, she worked in education, public relations and community relations, finishing her career in 2010 as a Community Relations Planner for the King County Dept. of Transportation. Next, Barbara was appointed Executive Director of the Issaquah Community Network (ICN). ICN established a Drug Free Community coalition, focused on youth substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness. She also helped found The Garage, A Teen Cafe, a safe after-school teen hangout which provides free counseling and tutoring for students. In 2019 Barbara was elected to a two-year term on the Issaquah City Council and is seeking re-election. As a young woman, Barbara became actively involved in the Democratic Party and has remained so until the present time, fully supporting Democratic stances on women's rights, equality and reproductive freedom.

Satwinder Kaur

Satwinder Kaur
Kent City Council
Position 2

I grew up in South King County and graduated from Kentridge High School. I attended Highline College and received an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington. I spend my spare time volunteering in our parks, community centers, and our schools including serving in the PTA. I currently serve on the Kent City Council and with the following regional and local organizations: · State and Federal Policy Committee, Association of Washington Cities · Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Advisory Council, Chair · King County Growth Management Planning Council · King County Domestic Violence Regional Task Force · Multicare South King Regional Board · Kent Rotary · Mentor with Communities in Schools of Kent · Kentwood PTSA · KentHope I work locally in Auburn for a private technology company. My husband Amar, a Boeing Engineer, and I live in Kent while raising our two sons. The oldest is a sophmore in Kentwood, the same high school

Penny Sweet

Penny Sweet
Kirkland City Council
Position 3

Seattle native, RHS graduate 1966, Shoreline CC 1968. Started health Care career in 1976 with Group Health Cooperative. Managed outpatient clinics until 1998/ transferred to Director of Outpatient Specialty and Inpatient Business Operations until retirement in 2007. Through GHC was trained in many leadership programs at Baptist University, Antioch University, University of Washington. Member of 2008 inaugural class of Leadership Eastside and their Executive Leadership Program in 2016. Served 6 years on KC Emergency Mgmt. Advisory Council as SCA rep and Caucus Chair, Currently Vice-Chair of Cascade Water Alliance, Vice-Chair of Hopelink Board of Directors, Vice-chair and caucus chare on KCRWQC, Chair MSWAC. Serve on Kirkland's Transportation Oversite Committee and Kirkland Legislative Committee. My advocacy for women's issues goes back to the early 70's protesting, agitating, and advocating and has never wavered.

Robin Vazquez

Robin Vazquez
Lacey City Council
Position 4

Robin is a proud native of the Pacific Northwest. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Western Washington University and her Master of Public Administration at the Evergreen State College. She holds a TESOL certificate, and is passionate about increasing language access in Washington. She is an experienced advocate with a background in labor relations and public policy is currently employed with the state. In her work with the division of State Human Resources, she has advocated for policies that improve women's access to paid time off, fair and competitive pay, and flexibility and mobility in the workplace. She is involved in the community as a Lacey Planning Commission member. She has supported code changes that strike a balance between the interests of business, the environment, and residents. She is also an appointed member of the DOH Midwife Advisory Committee. If elected, she hopes to champion women's access to government and support more affordable housing.

Melissa Beaton

Melissa Beaton
Mt. Vernon City Council
Ward 3 Position 2

Melissa is a lifelong and proud Skagitonian and has lived and worked in Mount Vernon all of her adult life raising four children with her husband. Melissa’s education includes graduating from Skagit Valley College, receiving certification from the National Center for State Courts as a Certified Court Manager and graduating from Leadership Skagit. She spent 20 years as a public servant in Skagit Co. Superior Court working side by side with elected Judges managing the day-to-day operations of the court. She now serves as the elected Skagit County Clerk overseeing a department of 20 and a $2.2 million budget. She was appointed by the Washington St. Supreme Court and currently serves on the Gender & Justice Commission. Melissa is seeking re-election to the Mount Vernon City Council and plans to continue to lend her voice to equality for all. Melissa leads by example and hopes her continued personal journey will inspire other women to make positive changes in their lives and communities.

Jennifer Gregerson

Jennifer Gregerson
Mukilteo Mayor

First elected Mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Gregerson has been a strong advocate for public safety, walkable neighborhoods, and education. As Mayor, she expanded public access to the Mukilteo waterfront and spearheaded the development of the Harbour Reach Corridor Project, set to connect the community after opening in June. Jennifer Gregerson is serving her second term as Mayor after having been a member of the City Council since 2004. Gregerson, a graduate of Kamiak High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from New York University. She has established an expertise in community planning, earning her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Mayor Gregerson learned the values of hard work and responsibility growing up in a family-owned business. Watching her parents fight to preserve trees and wetlands in Harbour Pointe, she says taught her the importance of getting involved, speaking out and defending your community.

Penny Sweet

Lisa Parshley
Olympia City Council
Position 5

Lisa Parshley currently serves on Olympia City Council, position #5 (2018-2021). She serves on Finance Committee, Ad Hoc Public Safety Committee, Animal Services, LOTT Board of Directors, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (Alternate), Thurston County Climate Mitigation Plan Phase III committee, and as liaison Parking Business Investment Assessment District. Lisa is also serving on the regional sea level rise working group and Squaxin Tribal and city ad hoc working group. Policy goals include working on equity and social justice, reimaging public safety, climate mitigation, recovery from COVID economy, and homel.essness/housing crisis. Dr Parshley earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Oregon Healthy Sciences University, finished post-doctoral at University of Washington, worked as a research scientist for the Immunex Corporation for two years. In 2003 she received a DVM from Colorado State University, completed a small animal internship at Cornell University, a medical oncology residency

Jeralee Anderson

Jeralee Anderson
Redmond City Council
Position 6

Dr. Jeralee Anderson is a nonprofit executive, social entrepreneur and construction engineer with a passion for sustainability and environmental justice. As the CEO of Greenroads International, she manages a diverse team of leaders in sustainable transportation and has a portfolio of over $34 billion in infrastructure projects, advancing the green and equitable transformation of the global transportation industry. President Obama recognized her as a Transportation Champion of Change for the 21st Century in 2013, and Governor Inslee appointed her to serve on the State Public Works Board in 2019. Jeralee currently represents Redmond as the City Council Vice President and serves on a variety of local and regional boards. Jeralee is committed to deconstructing the glass ceiling for women and BIPOC entrepreneurs and executives. She fights gender bias by encouraging women in technology and engineering, and helps cities build healthier, more accessible communities for women and families.

Ruth Pérez

Ruth Pérez
Renton City Council
Position 6

Ruth Pérez is the first and only Latina elected in Renton. She holds a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration. In 2019, Councilmember Pérez served as Renton Council President and, during her tenure, she has served at least once on every council committee. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Renton Regional Fire Authority Governance Board. Ruth has an extensive background in public service, a very successful professional career, and she is a strong leader in the Latinxs community. As a councilmember, Ruth focuses on the issues that truly impact Renton residents’ everyday lives and specifically women of color. She has worked to build inclusive polices and programs, empowered women in our region, and bring the voice of every woman to the table. Ruth was voted “Renton’s Best Elected Official” in 2018 & 2019, received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities in 2019, and honored as a “Woman of the Year” in 2016.

Karen Moran

Karen Moran
Sammamish City Council
Position 3

I hold degrees in nursing and accounting and have used both my entire life. I started in nursing until our business , started in 1996, got to busy. My greatest challenge and honor, has been raising three kids. I always tried to involve them and explain the women’s committee’s and issue’s I would work on. For example, I was on the King County Women’s Advisory Board which dealt with building “silent” shelters on the Eastside. We also did programs for getting moms help with needed childcare to get back into the workforce. While being a Councilmember, annually I team with a few Redmond Councilmembers to work on World Whiskey Day and all profits go to the Haven's Community for Domestic Violence. As our city was giving out COVID funds, I advocated not only for special consideration for women/minority owned business but for extra funding to go for partner organizations that help women with daycare, domestic violence, shelters and counseling. Women's issues remain incredibly important!

Stephanie Bowman

Stephanie Bowman
Port of Seattle Commissioner
Position 3

Stephanie Bowman is a proud progressive voice for women and issues of equity on the Port of Seattle Commission. As only the fifth woman elected to the Port in its 110-year history, Stephanie has used her role at the Port to expand opportunities for women in non-traditional careers, create jobs for under-served youth in King County and to use the Port's resources as a springboard for those facing the largest inequities in King County. In addition to her leadership role at the Port, Stephanie serves as the Executive Director of Washington ABC, a statewide non-profit working to reduce poverty in Washington by helping individuals and communities increase their financial stability and move into the middle class. Early life experiences have made Stephanie a passionate advocate for advancing women's rights and providing women with the tools and opportunities to lead. Stephanie has an MBA from Seattle University, and lives in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood with her rescue dog, Scotch.

Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda
Seattle City Council
Position 8

Teresa is running for re-election because Seattle is at a crossroads and needs leadership that passes impactful progressive policy change. During her time on City Council, Teresa Mosqueda passed expanded paid leave after loss of a child, passed JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, & Hotel Worker healthcare & safety legislation. She led efforts for equitable & affordable housing & promoted affordable utility bills. She has dedicated her career to making sure no one gets left out or left behind. She has stood with small businesses, working families, women, people of color & immigrants to pass progressive legislation & invest in our local economy. With your continued support, she will help our neighbors recover from the COVID public health crisis and economic slowdown, address issues of homelessness & affordable housing, create more childcare opportunities, create good living wage jobs, & invest in health, transportation, and infrastructure.

 

 

Brianna Thomas

Brianna Thomas
Seattle City Council
Position 9

Brianna Thomas is ready to lead on the policies necessary to move Seattle toward a sustainable future. For over a decade, she has dedicated her life to public service, as Office Manager at the Church Council of Greater Seattle and Field Director at the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, the campaign manager for Honest Elections in Seattle and the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, and for the last five years as a Legislative Aide and now Chief of Staff to Council President Lorena González. She is proud to have negotiated legislation that put Seattle at the national forefront for workers’ rights, livable wages, and innovations in police accountability. Legislating is a team sport, and she will bring collaborative leadership to bear tangible solutions to our city’s most pressing issues. Brianna is running to ensure that we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before - by lifting all of our neighbors up, and to make sure no one is left behind.

 

Linda Redmon
Linda Redmon
Snohomish Mayor

Linda Redmon is Council President of the Snohomish City Council. She is also on the Snohomish Health District Board of Health and is the Chair of its Public Health Program Policy Committee. She represents Snohomish on the Alliance for Housing Affordability. Before being elected to City Council, she was an active community volunteer with the schools and PTA, the Boys and Girls Club, and the local foodbank. She has continued to volunteer with Housing Hope and Leadership Snohomish County. She has worked in social-science research and education, counseling, health care, and nutritional sales and education. She has a dual BA in Psychology and Linguistics and an MS in Nutrition. Linda has a long history of supporting Planned Parenthood and believes that a woman's right to control what happens to her body is foundational to women's equal standing in the world. Linda will continue to address sexism present in her community, with the goal of supporting women and increasing their power.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Vancouver Mayor

 

Anne McEnerny-Ogle was originally elected to Vancouver City Council in November 2013 and took her first oath of office on January 1, 2014. She became the first woman to serve as Mayor of Vancouver on January 1, 2018, where she has helped to lead efforts in economic development, regional community relations, and transportation. Mayor Anne’s assignments include serving as the chair for the C-TRAN Board, member of the SW Regional Transportation Council, member of Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and chair of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee. The Mayor also serves as vice-chair for Greater Portland Inc., is a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Ad-Hoc Consortium and the Association of Washington Cities. She volunteers with the Vancouver Police Department’s Neighbors on Watch program, the Rotarians, and the Community Military Appreciation Committee. Mayor Anne and her husband, Terry, have one son, and have been residents since 1980.

Kim Harless
Kim Harless
Vancouver City Council
Position 1

Kim Harless Felix will advocate for women’s rights. Being a single mom and caregiver to her mother she knows personally the road bumps and challenges women face trying to advance their careers. As a college student, Kim worked three jobs and raised her son while attending full time for a college degree, she understands what opportunities made this happen and knows what works to advance equity for parents. Kim is pro-choice and believes women should have autonomy in making decisions about their own bodies, and not at the mercy of male politicians. Kim has served on many committees and in roles advocating for DEI and serves in an officer role for three women-led nonprofits. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Clark County Charter Review Commission and advocated for DEI training for all commissioners before work began on developing amendments, and not as an afterthought. As a City Councilmember, Kim brings her lives experiences, knowledge, and trainings to advocate for equity.

Diana Perez
Diana Perez
Vancouver City Council
Position 3

Diana Perez earned her B.S. degree from Texas Tech University and M.S. from Oregon State University. Diana participated in the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University Hatfield School of Government and completed a graduate certificate from Cornell University in Executive Women in Leadership. Diana started her career in the Pacific Northwest as a student intern and today works as a full-time professional for USDA Forest Service while volunteering as a community advocate. She has experience working with non-profit, local, state, Federal, and tribal governments. Diana founded the Southwest WA League of United Latin American Citizens Council (LULAC) in 2011 and served as WA State LULAC Director. In 2018 Diana was appointed by Governor Inslee as Commissioner for WA State Parks and Recreation. Diana believes in advancing the economic conditions, educational attainment, and equal opportunities for youth, families, and women.

COUNTY POSITIONS  
Brandy Donaghy
Brandy Donaghy
Snohomish County Council
District 5
I have resided in Snohomish County for 10 years now, and I spend the majority of my time volunteering for a variety of organizations in various capacities, and even for those that don't seem on the surface to be equity related, I still tend to view them through an equity lens, because in reality, it is at the base of everything. I'm a strong supporter of reproductive rights and I firmly believe that women were meant to lead. I am a graduate of UW Bothell, with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and have served in a number of positions within the Democratic Party at LD and County levels. I currently serve on the cabinet of Emerge WA, as Housing Chair with the Snohomish County NAACP, and on the Board of Directors with C3 - Communities of Color Coalition. I also do work that focuses on building community and community education. I plan continue supporting women through EmergeWA and other organizations and I will continue to focus my attention on women candidates as well.
   
SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS  

Kathy MulkerinKathy Mulkerin
Walla Walla School District Director District 1

Kathy Mulkerin grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. She attended Walla Walla Public Schools, K-12. She holds a Montessori Teaching certificate from the Montessori Institute Northwest and a Masters of Education, Primary Montessori from Loyola University Maryland. A proven leader and passionate activist working to empower women and children, Kathy has co-founded groups that support women and children including the Women’s March on Walla Walla and COCOA (Color Our Community On Awareness) which amplifies that voices and culture of our local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community. Kathy has worked at Walla Walla Public Schools as a Para-educator in the Head Start program at the former Blue Ridge Elementary School (now the Walla Walla Center for Children and Families) and is a member of the Walla Walla Public School’s Equity and Access Board. Kathy seeks to promote education for All children to ensure our community is a more positive, equitable and sustainable society.

Donna SinclairDonna Sinclair
Washougal School District Director District 3

Dr. Donna Sinclair is a public historian and educator. She earned both an M.A. in History from Portland State University (PSU) and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies. Sinclair’s public history work includes digital technology projects and public programs, writing social histories for the National Park Service, often focused on women’s history, and managing major oral history projects throughout the Northwest. She teaches history at WSU Vancouver and Western Oregon University, including Western Women’s History, Gender and Public Policy, and Gender and History, among others. Her dissertation project focused on the constraints, advancement, and historical agency of women and minorities in the U.S. Forest Service in the late twentieth century. In 2020, she published a collaboratively written memoir of the first African American woman forest supervisor in the nation. She serves on the Washougal School Board of Directors, is an elected precinct committee officer, and volunteers with many organizations
JUDICIAL POSITIONS  


Whitney Rivera
Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

Judge Whitney Rivera was appointed to as Edmonds Municipal Court Judge in November, 2020. Judge Rivera grew up in Edmonds and graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and literature from the University of Washington. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. After law school, she began working as a trial attorney at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. She later transitioned to working as an appellate public defender and has argued cases before the Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. Judge Rivera later returned to the Snohomish County Public Defender and served as the supervisor of the misdemeanor unit, where she trained and supervised trial attorneys practicing in courts of limited jurisdiction. Judge Rivera has mentored many young women just starting their legal careers and has spent many hours in classrooms encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in the legal field.

Andrea Robertson

Andrea Robertson
King County Superior Court Judge
Position 47

Andrea Robertson spent over 22 years as a strong, successful trial lawyer in the largely male dominated profession of criminal defense law. She developed a reputation as a highly respected trial lawyer and advocate for those challenged by the justice system, and was sought after for her skills in teaching advocacy to high school, law school and practicing lawyers. She also taught and mentored young women who went on to engage in careers in the law or became politically engaged. She was appointed by the Governor to the Superior Court bench at the close of 2020, and she is seeking to complete her four year term. Her courtroom experience, compassion, and work ethic remain vitally needed in these challenging times.

Jessica Giner

Jessica Giner
Renton Municipal Court Judge
Position 1

Judge Jessica Giner was unanimously selected in March 2021 by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Renton to serve as one of the City’s two municipal court judges. Both judges are women. Judge Giner brings to the bench 15 years of balanced experience in criminal law and the confidence of a dozen courts in Western Washington who have regularly relied on her services as an experienced Judge Pro Tem. She has earned a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from the King County Bar Association and top ratings from six of our minority Bar associations. Judge Giner is a native of South King County and as a member of the King County Women’s Advisory Board, she worked to address gender based domestic violence, particularly in minority communities, and advocated for county funding for affordable child care. She is the coach of a Mock Trial team at Eastlake High School and a reliable volunteer with Girl Scouts and Little League.