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Graciela Cowger portrait

Graciela Gomez Cowger (Chair)

As chief executive officer of the law firm Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Graciela Gomez Cowger keeps clients at the center by leveraging her training as an engineer to find solutions and by bringing diversity of thought to a historically slow-changing industry. Graciela obtained an electrical engineering degree and became an electrical and design engineer at Hewlett-Packard before attending law school at the University of Washington. As a patent attorney, Graciela handled a wide variety of cases, from helping start-ups develop and protect patents to assisting a Silicon Valley company in the acquisition of patents related to semiconductor device manufacturing.
In October 2017, Graciela was named the first woman to lead Schwabe as CEO and is one of only a handful of Latinas to lead a U.S. law firm. She is a leader and innovator, and at the nexus of her strengths is the ability to take bold action when needed and to facilitate conversation and collaboration on subjects of diversity and inclusion. Graciela remains active in community and bar efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession and in communities through her involvement as co-chair and board member for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, commissioner of the Latina Commission for the Hispanic National Bar Association and past president and board member for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2021
Michelle Merriweather portrait

Michelle Merriweather (Vice-Chair)

Michelle Y. Merriweather became the president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle in February 2018. She has been an active volunteer for the National Urban League since 2006. She became the first woman president of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals in 2009 and was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Urban League in 2011. Prior to changing her career to follow her passion for advocating for African Americans and underserved communities, she had a successful career in sales and marketing with major organizations such as Starbucks, Heinz and Coca Cola. 
Michelle’s leadership is inspired by a quote from civil rights leader Whitney M. Young: “I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular, but I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice for the voiceless, and effective hope for the hopeless.” Her passion is combining her extensive sales, fund development, event planning and marketing background to better the communities in which she serves.
Michelle serves on the board of the Alliance for Education and the Community Development Round Table. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing. 
End of 1st term: 06/30/2020
Grace Huang portrait

Grace Huang

Grace Huang, J.D., is the policy director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. For more than 20 years, Huang has worked with domestic violence survivors, both by providing direct legal representation and by working on statewide public policy as an advocate to improve domestic violence services and increase protections for victims. These policies include advances in victim services, housing laws, employment leave and child welfare. Huang has also worked on several federal policies, including the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Services and Prevention Act. Prior to working on public policy, she practiced immigration law in private law practice and represented low-income individuals in family law, domestic violence, immigration and economic support matters in a civil legal services organization. 
Huang is a steering committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and serves on the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission of the Washington Supreme Court. She is the recipient of several awards, including the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence 20/20 Vision Award and the 2000 Cynthia Gillespie Award from the Northwest Women’s Law Center, which recognized her work advancing legal rights for women.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2019
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Monica Holland

Holland is a staff attorney for the Northwest Justice Project, a publicly funded legal aid program that provides legal assistance to low-income people in Washington. She was the managing attorney for the Unemployment Law Project.  Previously she taught as a visiting professor in Gonzaga University School of Law’s Externship Program. Monica also served as the attorney representative for the city of Spokane’s Ethics Commission — a mayoral appointment — and on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho.
Before moving to Washington in 2005, Monica lived in New York City, where she worked on complex commercial litigation matters, helped the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to promote small businesses internationally and taught global sourcing and supply chain management at the State University of New York.
Monica graduated from Boston University School of Law with a dual J.D. and M.A. in international relations. She earned her B.A. in political science and Spanish from the University of San Diego.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2019
Tara Failfield portrait

Tara Fairfield

Tara Fairfield, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She is the regional administrator for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, covering 13 counties in Western Washington. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for graduate programs at Northern Arizona University and Northwest University and as the director for Conciliation Services with Coconino County Superior Court. Altogether, she has more than 30 years of experience providing leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors advocating for women and vulnerable populations.
Dr. Fairfield raised her three children as a single mom and experienced the stigma and challenges faced by many women navigating legal and public systems. She has a passion for women’s issues and has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of those she serves.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2019
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Regina Malveaux

Regina Malveaux is the CEO of the YWCA of Spokane. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Regina is recognized as a tenacious advocate for women, youth and children. She began her career as a policy advocate and grassroots organizer with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., before pursuing a law degree at Howard University. Following her graduation from law school, she began her career with the YWCA movement as a legal advocate at the YWCA of San Diego, having previously served as executive director of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads. 
Regina also holds an undergraduate degree in social policy from San Diego State University. She has trained a new generation of advocates as an adjunct professor in Political, Women’s and African American studies at San Diego State University and the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Old Dominion University. 
Regina has served on a number of boards aimed at advancing racial justice, economic empowerment and victim safety, including the San Diego NAACP, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, GSI and the YWCA USA. Regina is the mother of two adult children and resides in Spokane.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2020

Rituja Indapure

Rituja Indapure is an experienced storyteller, activist, artist and veteran community leader passionate about women’s education and equality. She has a vast range of experience across the fields of internet technologies, community organizing, performance arts, film and podcasts. Rituja is a United Way Ambassador and has previously served on the boards of Tasveer and the Seattle Globalist. As a Humanities Washington speaker, she has highlighted how the art of storytelling can help individuals heal from sexual abuse.
In 2017, she was a featured King County Sexual Assault Resource Center advocate. In January 2018, she was appointed to the Sammamish Planning Commission; she also serves on the advisory board of the Sammamish YMCA. She is passionate about issues facing women, and girls in particular, empowering them through education and creating equity in society.
Rituja works at Costco as an analyst for e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management systems. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and law degree from the University of Pune. She studied at the University of Nottingham for her Master in Law. She lives with her husband and two children in Sammamish.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2020

Jackie Boschok

Jackie Boschok is vice chair of the Green River College Board of Trustees. Prior to her retirement in 2010, she worked for The Boeing Company as a materials processor and in support of airplane incident repair teams, and then as a business representative for Aerospace Machinists Union District 751.
Boschok is currently president of the 751 Retirement Club as well as president of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans. She also serves as a vice president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Previously, she served on several boards, including the United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish County Labor Council and National Executive Board of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Boschok has a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2021
Dawn Rains portrait

Dawn Rains

Dawn Rains, MPA, CFRE, has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and legislative advocacy. For nine years, she has been a key leader at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization with a mission of giving foster kids a childhood and a future. As chief policy and strategy officer, Dawn leads policy, government affairs and national strategy. She previously served as Treehouse’s chief operating officer and as director of development and marketing. Prior to working for Treehouse, Dawn served as director of development for Seattle Repertory Theatre from 1999 to 2009. She is a respected leader in fund development and teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and for the UW Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.
Dawn is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. She has been actively involved in the Women’s Funding Alliance for two decades, an organization that advances leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls in Washington. She has served on its board of directors for 13 years. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Washington and a B.A. from The Evergreen State College. Dawn is a certified fund raising executive. She is also a former foster parent.
End of 1st term: 06/30/2021