Picture of Public Works Board Members as of 10/3/19
The Public Works Board. From left to right: Gary Rowe, Diane Pottinger, Eric Martin, Vice Chair JC Baldwin, Board Chair Scott Hutsell, Pam Carter, Mark Scott, Jeralee Anderson, Mary Margaret Haugen, Mark Dorsey

Board Information

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.

Board Responsibilities:
The Public Works Board administers four programs. The primary purpose of these programs is to provide assistance to local governments with infrastructure:

• Planning.
• Financing.
• Construction.
• Repair.
• Expansion.

History of the Public Works Board (PDF)

The Board derives its authority from the Washington State Legislature. It is encoded into law in the Revised Code of Washington.

RCW 43.155

The associated WAC is Title 399.

Archived Rulemaking Documents 2019-2020

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.

Scott Hutsell signs first PWB loan list in five years. 04-13-2018

Board Meeting Information

Next Board Business Meeting:

August 6, 2021

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Information on how to join or call in will be included with the agenda packet.

2021 Public Works Board Meeting Schedule (PDF)
2021 Public Works Board Special Meeting Notice (PDF)

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.

If you would like to be on the Public Works Board email distribution list, please send an email to Jason.Freeze@commerce.wa.gov.

Public Works Board Staff. From left to right: Kari Sample, Shelley Westall, Jeff Takahashi, Tammi Vellinga, Buck Lucas, Arlene Drewry, Jason Freeze, Cindy Chavez, Connie Rivera

Staff Information

Karin Berkholtz
Executive Director
Phone: 360-688-0313

Connie Rivera
Program Director and Tribal Liaison
Phone: 360-704-9535

Cindy Chavez
Budget Analyst
Phone: 360-725-3154

Jason Freeze
Resource and Development Project Manager
Phone: 360-725-3161

Ellen Hatleberg
Board Liaison
Phone: 360-725-5042

Sheila Richardson
Broadband Project Manager
Phone: 564-999-1927

Policy support, administrative support, and client outreach are provided for the Public Works Board by the Washington State Department of Commerce.