Board Information

Purpose:
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.

Mission:
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.

Public Works Board policies.

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

Gary Rowe, PE – Vice-Chair – Position #12, General Public

The Honorable Dr. Jeralee Anderson, PE – Position #2, City Elected Official

Justin Clary, PE – Position #8, Water & Sewer District

The Honorable Jerome Delvin – Position #5, County Elected Official

Rob Jammerman – Position #3, City Public Works Director

Darlene McHenry – Position #10, General Public

The Honorable Lora Petso – Position #7, Water & Sewer District Elected Official

Monica Santos-Pinacho – Position #11, General Public

Kelly Snyder, MPA – Position #6, County Public Works Director

The Honorable Ed Stern – Position #1, City Elected Official

Matthew Stevie – Position #9, Public Utility District

The Honorable Sharon Trask – Position #4, County Elected Official

At present there are no vacant board seats. Interested applicants should contact the Board Liaison Izabela Kocan for more information.

Public Works Board members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. Visit the Governor’s Boards & Commissions webpage for more information.

Board Meeting Information

The Public Works Board’s next monthly meeting is February 3, 2023. This meeting will be held from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Members of the public can attend the meeting via Zoom.

Join the Zoom meeting.

Board meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Meetings are held in hybrid format, both in-person and online. 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 mary.miller@commerce.wa.gov.

Staff Information

Karin Berkholtz
Executive Director
karin.berkholtz@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-688-0313

Mark Rentfrow
Program Director
mark.rentfrow@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-529-6432

Sheila Richardson
Broadband Program Director
sheila.richardson@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 564-999-1927

Izabela Kocan
Board Liaison
izabela.kocan@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 564-669-1788 

Mary Miller
Communications Lead
mary.miller@commerce.wa.gov
360-688-8716

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

Maria Jawad
Management Analyst
maria.jawad@commerce.wa.gov
360-688-6008

Tammy Mastro
Broadband Program Manager
tammy.mastro@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-791-2805

Ava Gombosky
Broadband Project Manager
ava.gombosky@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-338-5739

Bridget Pechtel
Project Manager – Eastern Washington

bridget.pechtel@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-870-9288

Max Wedding
Project Manager – Western Washington

max.wedding@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-764-0392

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