The legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist local governments in addressing local infrastructure needs through a dedicated local funding pool, existing as a revolving loan program, to be managed by a citizens’ board composed of local infrastructure representatives.

The Public Works Board. From left to right: Vice Chair JC Baldwin, Jerry Cummins, Mary Margaret Haugen, Matt Rasmussen, Lisa Ayers, Mark Scott, Pam Carter, Chair Scott Hutsell, Diane Pottinger, and KC Kuykendall.

Purpose:
The legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist local governments in addressing local infrastructure needs through a dedicated local funding pool, existing as a revolving loan program, to be managed by a citizens’ board comprised of local infrastructure representatives.

Mission:
The mission of the Public Works Board is to provide financial and technical assistance to Washington communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure that supports community and economic vitality.

Board Responsibilities:
The Public Works Board administers four programs; the primary purpose of these programs is to provide assistance to local governments for the planning, financing, and construction, repair, or expansion of their infrastructure.

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

RCW 43.155

RCW 70.119A.170

Thirteen Board members are appointed by the Governor 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 other month to review applications for financing and deal with administrative issues. The Board conducts a two-day policy retreat in the Autumn.

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 Lisa Ayers – Position #5, County Elected Official

The Honorable Pam Carter – Position #8, Sewer & Water District Elected Official

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen – Position #10, General Public

The Honorable KC Kuykendall – Position #1, City Elected Official

Erik Martin, PE – Position #6, County Public Works Director

Steve Misiurak, PE – Position #3, City Engineer

Diane Pottinger, PE – Position #7, Sewer & Water District Public Works Director

The Honorable Bill Ramos – Position #2, City Elected Official

Mark Scott – Position #9, Public Utility District

Senator Lisa Wellman – Position #12, General Public

CURRENT VACANCIES:

Position 4 – County Elected Official (Nominated by WSAC)

Interested applicants should contact the designated nominating organizations, or Board Liaison Tammi Vellinga 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.

Public Works Board Meetings

Parking Permit Required:
All visitors to the Department of Commerce may only park in the designated Visitor Parking Area, and 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.

Meeting Times:
The Public Works Board meets on the first Friday of every other 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. and 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.

Information and materials regarding the upcoming meeting, the minutes from the last several meetings, and the current year’s meeting schedule can be found to the right.

Driving Directions to the Department of Commerce

Parking Map

Can I Attend a Board Meeting?

Board meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

How do I get on the Agenda?

Contact your Project Manager to make arrangements to get on the Board’s Agenda.

How do I get on your email list?

If you would like to be on our email distribution list for Board Meeting Notices, Agenda Packets, and other information, please send an email to Tammi Vellinga, Board Liaison, at Tammi.Vellinga@commerce.wa.gov, and let her know you want to be on the “Public Works Board Distribution List.”

Program links

Next Board Meeting:
December 7, 2018

Need help?

Cecilia Gardener
Executive Director
Cecilia.Gardener@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3166

Cindy Chavez
Budget Analyst
Cindy.Chavez@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3154

Arlene Escobar
Project Manager
Arlene.Escobar@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3015

Jason Freeze
Resource and Development Project Manager
Jason.Freeze@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3161

Isaac Huang
Project Manager
Isaac.Huang@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3162

Buck Lucas
Policy and Data Manager
Buck.Lucas@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3180

Doug Reed
Sync Project Assistant
Douglas.Reed@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3089

Connie Rivera
Program Manager
Connie.Rivera@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3088

Tammi Vellinga
Board Liaison
Tammi.Vellinga@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2744