Kiana M. Scott is a second year MA/PhD student in the Department of Communication. She earned a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs with a focus in Legislative Processes. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from Williams College, in Massachusetts, graduating in 2007.
During her time at UW, Kiana has been actively involved in student leadership on campus, and higher education policy and advocacy efforts in both Olympia and Washington, D.C. She has served as a Senator to the Graduate and Professional Student Senate for the past two years, and held the position of GPSS Policy Analyst. As an intern with UW Impact, the advocacy arm of the UW Alumni Association, Kiana worked to engage alumni in advocacy efforts aimed at the state legislature. From 2011 to 2013, Kiana has been a delegate to Student Advocates for Graduate Education, a national coalition of public research institutions, which lobbies Congress for funding and issues pertinent to graduate students. Throughout her time at UW, Kiana has held research assistant or teaching assistant positions. Her research focuses on contemporary American political communications and campaign discourse.
Kiana is deeply committed to public service, and effective public policy. She has worked on political campaigns for the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and presidential levels. Before returning to graduate school, she was a Communication Fellow with the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, part of the Pew Environment Group, and served as a political appointee within the Obama administration.
Kiana grew up on San Juan Island, and returns to the island frequently.
- Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee from July 2, 2013 to June 30, 2014
- Confirmed by Senate on March 12, 2014