Legislative District 16

UW community members are living and working in districts across Washington state. Here's how we are making an impact in your neck of the woods.

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Siblings Patrick Smith, Kevin Smith and Meghann Quinn, along with Meghann's husband, Kevin Quinn, opened Bale Breaker Brewing Company in 2013 on their family's hop farm in the Yakima Valley. About 75% of the nation's hops are grown in the Yakima Valley. “When you get away, you realize that you can really do something to impact a small town,” Meghann says. “We always try to promote Yakima and the Yakima Valley. We’re working to make it a place people want to come to.”
Patrick Smith, Kevin Quinn, Meghan Quinn & Kevin SmithUW ’04, '05, '06 & '10; University of Washington Magazine feature

While attending the University of Washington, Suk Chan Cho was a member of the UW student chapter of Engineers Without Borders for three years. Through that club and helping to design and implement a water filtration system for a fish hatchery in Guatemala, he realized his passion for civil engineering and potential for international development. "Since graduating, I have accepted a job managing the construction of high-rise buildings in Seattle."
Suk Chan ChoUW ’20
"To me, being a student means having hope, ambition and a vision for the future. I plan on using what I learn and experience at the UW to make a positive impact on my community. I'm excited to be involved in innovative studies and research that will help people around the world."
Claudia TenischBiology

"Growing up in Walla Walla, I didn’t have role models who looked like me and were part of the professional world. I believed that I was destined to settle for a life in my hometown after high school. I was not aware of UW’s existence until I was a sophomore. I don’t want this story to repeat itself. My purpose is to raise awareness for students about opportunities outside of their towns. I hope to find, create, and develop opportunities for students from underrepresented and minority backgrounds."
Bryan Lopez-VargasBusiness Administration; Accounting and Information Systems; 2021 Husky 100 member


The UW facilitates hundreds of programs in communities across the state. Below are a few that operate in your district. Programs active as of January 2021.

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant is part of a national network of Sea Grant programs administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For over 50 years, WSG has funded high impact research projects and partnered with communities, businesses, educators and the public to advance regional understanding and sustainable use of our ocean and coastal resources. Washington Sea Grant strives to support healthy, productive and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems that sustain our state’s diverse cultural and maritime heritage, vibrant coastal communities, clean waters and beaches, prosperous fisheries and aquaculture, and diverse wildlife.


RISE UP/SKY GEAR UP is a federal grant program that provides middle and high school students from low-income families in the Skagit, Klickitat and Yakima valleys with the support they need to access and succeed in college. Beginning in sixth and seventh grades, students join a program cohort for the next seven years. The program focuses on helping students enter STEM fields, providing tutoring, mentoring, financial aid instruction, college and educational field trips, teacher professional development and parent empowerment.

UW in the High School

Through the UW in the High School program, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors can complete University of Washington courses — and earn college credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Teachers are approved and trained by UW faculty to teach official UW courses using UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests and grading scales. Participating students can earn college credits at a fraction of the cost, and these credits are accepted by most colleges and universities across Washington and around the country. Partner high schools can offer UW coursework in computer science, math, science, world languages, humanities and social sciences. Check out which schools UW in the High School is partnering with in your area.  

Young Executives of Color

Young Executives of Color (YEOC) is a nine-month college pipeline program hosted by the UW’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. YEOC focuses on engaging high school students of color in a comprehensive curriculum that includes college preparation, professional development, business lectures and powerful mentorship. The program, which is free to students, currently serves 190 students from over 75 high schools around Washington state.

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), a partnership between the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, is dedicated to reducing impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Washington and Oregon by providing accurate and timely information about earthquakes and ground motions to scientists, engineers, planners and the public. The second-largest seismic network in the United States, PNSN has more than 300 seismograph stations as well as several offices and personnel across the region.


  • Senator Perry Dozier (R),
    Senator Perry Dozier (R)

    Senator Perry Dozier (R)

  • Representative Mark Klicker (R),
    Representative Mark Klicker (R)

    Representative Mark Klicker (R)

  • Representative Skyler Rude (R),
    Representative Skyler Rude (R)

    Representative Skyler Rude (R)