The Legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments. Its task is to assist local governments in addressing local infrastructure needs. The Public Works Board operates a revolving loan program funded by a dedicated local funding pool. A citizens’ board comprised of local infrastructure representatives manages the Public Works Board.
The mission of the Public Works Board is to empower Washington communities to build and maintain sustainable infrastructure.
The Public Works Board administers four programs. The primary purpose of these programs is to provide assistance to local governments with infrastructure:
The Governor appoints thirteen Board members for four-year terms. Three represent counties, three represent cities, three represent special purpose districts, and four are from the private sector.
Members meet every month to review applications for financing and deal with administrative issues. The Board conducts a two-day policy retreat in the fall.
Members are encouraged to attend workshops, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the Board. Often members are part of discussion panels at these meetings. Members are also offered opportunities to attend training courses that deal with infrastructure issues.
The Honorable Scott Hutsell – Chair – Position #13, General Public
JC Baldwin – Vice Chair – Position #11, General Public
The Honorable Dr. Jeralee Anderson, PE – Position #2 – City Elected Official
The Honorable Pam Carter – Position #8, Sewer & Water District Elected Official
Mark Dorsey, PE – Position #3 – City Engineer
Senator Mary Margaret Haugen – Position #10, General Public
Erik Martin, PE – Position #6, Lewis County Manager
Diane Pottinger, PE – Position #7, Sewer & Water District Public Works Director
Gary Rowe – Position #12, General Public
Mark Scott – Position #9, Public Utility District
The Honorable Sharon Trask – Position #4, County Elected Official
Position #1, City Elected Official (Nominated by AWC)
Position #5 – County Elected Official (Nominated by WSAC)
Interested applicants should contact the designated nominating organizations, or Board Liaison Ellen Hatleberg for more information.
Board Meeting Information
Board meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
Parking Permit Required:
All visitors to the Department of Commerce may only park in the designated Visitor Parking Area. They must display a Visitor Parking Permit on their dash. Please contact the Board Liaison to obtain a Parking Permit. For more information, please see our Visitor Parking Instructions and Parking Map.
The Public Works Board meets on the first Friday of every month at the Washington State Department of Commerce, located at 1011 Plum Street, Olympia, WA. Meetings typically run from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. They are open to the public, though they are held in a secure building where signing in and out is required. Additionally, a Visitors Parking Permit is required.
Below is information and materials regarding the upcoming meeting, the minutes from the last several meetings, and the current year’s meeting schedule.
Program Director and Tribal Liaison
Broadband Program Director
Resource and Development Project Manager
Special Projects Manager
Broadband Project Manager
Broadband Program Manager
Policy support, administrative support, and client outreach are provided for the Pubic Works Board by the Washington State Department of Commerce.