Legislative District 27

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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"As a student of the UW Foster School of Business and pre-dental, I’m blessed to see both the business and patient care aspects of dentistry. Extending my passion for volunteering through the Mary Gates Scholarship, I recruited 50+ dentists nationwide for Everyone for Veterans, a nonprofit founded by my mentor, Dr. Theresa Cheng."
Jackie YehBusiness Administration; 2020 Husky 100 member
"I am interested in societal dilemmas such as poverty, rooted in systems of oppression based on class, race and gender. I want to change the impact of poverty through building strong community connections, mentorship and leadership. My life experience is valued and, combined with academic achievement, will be particularly useful and effective working toward creating more socially inclusive and sustainable communities."
Michelle BurchettEthnic, Gender and Labor Studies, UW Tacoma; 2020 Husky 100 member


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

University of Washington Tacoma

The UW Tacoma campus exists on land of the Puyallup people, and we are honored to have developed a strong partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians as the official tribal sponsor of UW Tacoma.

The University of Washington Tacoma is an urban-serving university providing access for students that transforms families and communities. UW Tacoma’s diverse student body includes a broad range of backgrounds, ages, interests and experience. More than 80% of our students transfer to UW Tacoma from area community colleges or other universities. Serving nearly 5,500 students, UW Tacoma offers a vibrant campus setting; top-drawer faculty known for their teaching ability; a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum; and high standards of social responsibility.

Center for Urban Waters

The Center for Urban Waters (CUW) at UW Tacoma is a highly collaborative applied-science program dedicated to finding globally applicable solutions to urban water-quality problems in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2010, CUW has become an important part of the conversation about the restoration, protection and future of Puget Sound. With locally relevant research and a wide network of partners, internships and employment opportunities, CUW offers students unique learning opportunities in dealing with complex environmental issues. The center provides resources for legislators, including the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, which offers scientific research on a range of topics such as marine life, toxics pollution and invasive species.

Forefront in the Schools

Forefront in the Schools (FIS), an initiative of the UW’s Forefront Suicide Prevention program, guides high school administrators, students and parents through a collaborative, comprehensive process of policy development and curriculum improvement to build on existing student mental-health and suicide-prevention efforts. FIS aims to create school communities that are prepared to prevent student mental-health problems and respond to students with mental-health needs, including those at risk for suicide.

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.


  • Senator Jeannie Darneille (D),
    Senator Jeannie Darneille (D)

    Senator Jeannie Darneille (D)

  • Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D),
    Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D)

    Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D)

  • Representative Jake Fey (D),
    Representative Jake Fey (D)

    Representative Jake Fey (D)


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