Public Service

  • Representative, 23rd Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives (appointed 2011)

Legal Practice and Legal Experience

  • Partner at Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Part-time lecturer, University of Washington Law School

Community Service

  • Olympic College Foundation Board (2005-2011, Scholarship Committee, 2010-2011)
  • Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) (appointed by Governor Gregoire to the state economic development board, which has invested over $30 million to create and retain jobs in Washington state) (2005-2011)
  • Bainbridge Island Public School Supporters (steering committee for nearly every public school levy since 2005)
  • Kitsap CASH (microenterprise loans and entrepreneurship training for small businesses) (founding member of the Kitsap Leadership Roundtable, 2010-present)
  • Sound Food (local, sustainable agriculture in Kitsap County) (volunteer, 2009-10, at ferry farm stand selling food and occasional guest writer)
  • Ferry Community Partnerships (member, 2011-present)
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island (member, 2006-present; Transition Committee, 2009)

Publications and Education

  • Author, The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired A Nation (HarperCollins 2003), which Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) called “a great contribution to the history of the [civil rights] movement”
  • Guest speaker on civil rights issues at public schools and colleges across the country
  • Appearances to discuss Dr. King and the civil rights movement on ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS’s Early Show, CSPAN’s Book TV, NPR, CNNfn, and dozens of radio stations in the United States and around the world
  • Education: Harvard College, Yale Law School, and Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar)