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.
Kathryn Gardow, PE – 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
The Honorable Jerome Delvin – Position #5, County 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, PE – Position #12, General Public
Mark Scott – Position #9, Public Utility District
The Honorable Ed Stern – Position #1, City Elected Official
The Honorable Sharon Trask – Position #4, County Elected Official
Interested applicants should contact the designated nominating organizations, or Board Liaison Ellen Hatleberg for more information.
Public Works Board members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. View the Governor’s Boards & Commissions webpage here.
Board Meeting Information
Board meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. These meetings are being held virtually on ZOOM through the end of 2020. Please utilize the monthly Board Meeting Agenda for connection information and meeting times.
Program Director and Tribal Liaison
Resource and Development Project Manager
Broadband Project Manager
Policy support, administrative support, and client outreach are provided for the Public Works Board by the Washington State Department of Commerce.