Legislative District 37

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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Assunta Ng is the publisher of The Northwest Asian Weekly. The only weekly English-edition newspaper serving Washington’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities, the paper's goal is to empower the Asian community. "I still write because I’m a role model for immigrants."
Assunta NgUW '74, '76 & '79, University of Washington Magazine feature
In 2017, Sharon Maeda came out of retirement to create a local radio station from the ground up. The station — Rainier Valley Radio/KVRU 105.7 FM — gives the diverse Rainier Valley community a voice and access to information. “The reason I was willing to come out of retirement and take this job was because of all this business of fake news and all that’s going on in the country and the world. A lot of people in the Rainier Valley are either on the no-fly list or they’re Dreamers who are worried about their status … It’s really important that people in this community have a voice.”
Sharon MaedaUW '68; University of Washington Magazine feature

"As a proud daughter of Filipino immigrants and an aspiring physician, I look forward to advocating and serving underrepresented communities. My husky experience helped me integrate the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired, approach service-learning through a critical lens, focus on social change, and form authentic relationships with communities. I hope to help advance healthcare grounded on dismantling structural inequality, redistributing power, and improving the health of patient populations."
Gabriela ClaravallB.S.: Public Health-Global Health; B.A.: Medical Anthropology and Global Health; B.S.: Anthropology of Globalization; 2022 Husky 100 member
"My Husky experience at UW Information School and UW Libraries has opened up so many portals for me to explore all forms and types of space where information and social justice meet. As a values-driven first-generation immigrant library worker, I am drawn to ideas and practices that challenge cultural hegemony and structural inequities. Using the social justice framework learned at the iSchool, I am committed to ensuring equitable access for all of us to knowledge essential to each of our sensemaking journeys."
Hayley ParkMaster of Library and Information Science; 2022 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 2023.

Foster School of Business–Consulting and Business Development Center

The Center engages students and local business owners in solving complex, unstructured, real-world challenges. Through faculty-led business education courses and the work of student consulting teams, the Center grows business revenues and jobs with a focus on businesses owned by those who are LGBTQ+, people of color, women, veterans, tribal citizens and those located in underserved communities. Since its inception in 1995, the Center has generated more than $210 million in new revenue and retained over 200,000 jobs. Classes are offered in Seattle, Yakima, the Tri-Cities and on tribal lands while drawing business owners regionally and nationally.

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.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program providing middle and high school students from low-income families in south King County with the support they need to access and succeed in college. Beginning in sixth and seventh grades, 4,300 students participate in GEAR UP for seven years. The program helps students enter STEM fields, offering support through tutoring, mentoring, financial aid instruction, college and educational field trips, teacher professional development and parent empowerment.

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.


  • Sen. Rebecca Saldana (D),
    Sen. Rebecca Saldana (D)

    Sen. Rebecca Saldana (D)

  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D),
    Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D)

    Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D)

  • Rep. Chipalo Street (D),
    Rep. Chipalo Street (D)

    Rep. Chipalo Street (D)