Board of Regents

Daniela H. Suarez

Daniela Suarez, Student Regent 2019

Daniela Suarez is a rising senior in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies with a focus in Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Peace, and Security. She is pursuing a minor in Political Science. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC).

Daniela served as the Senator of Legislative Affairs on SPSCC’s Student Senate, implementing best practices, connecting local legislators to students, and curating civic engagement opportunities in partnership with Washington Student Engagement Networks. Daniela concurrently interned for the Washington State Board of Community Colleges. In this capacity, she informed and coordinated student leaders across the 34 community and technical college (CTC) system about issues pertaining to higher education. In the 2019 legislative session, Suarez coordinated the Racial Equity Team, working on policies that impact communities of color.

Daniela commits herself to being an advocate for legislative issues centered on accessibility, inclusion, and social justice. She has led students to aid the effort to pass top legislative priorities of the Washington State Community and Technical College Student Association such as the Dream Act 2.0 that expands financial aid to undocumented students, and the Fair Chance Act, that gives equal access to housing and employment. She continues to be an outspoken advocate and supporter of robust higher education policies, including Washington State College Promise.

Regent Suarez enjoys being an active member of her community by volunteering for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Olympia Hands on Children’s Museum. Every year she mentors up and coming Youths of the Year from Boys and Girls Clubs across the state, after having gone through the process herself and serving as the 2015-2016 Pacific Region Military Youth of the Year.

Daniela was born in Arequipa, Peru.  In 2004, her family immigrated to the United States. She grew up in a military household, moving from state to state. She graduated from North Thurston High School, Lacey, WA, where her family now resides.

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
  • Awaiting Senate confirmation