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

"I am the son of a Hong Kong immigrant and a third-generation German American born and raised in South Seattle. My neighborhood’s cultural diversity fostered my passion for the arts, advocacy for the community, and pride in my heritage. During my four years at UW, I deeply valued the opportunities I had to use my creative skills to serve and benefit American ethnic communities and organizations on the local, state, and national levels."
Han Edward So EckelbergB.A.: American Ethnic Studies; B.A.: Art (Photo/Media); 2021 Husky 100 member
"My personal background as a woman of color and immigrant allows me to embrace all differences in humanity. I hope my visibility and persistence demonstrates that hard work, determination, and self-belief is key to tackle odds in engineering, when there are no familiar faces or legacies. These four years at UW have transformed me into a cutting-edge computing researcher, educator, mentor, entrepreneur, and a civic leader leveraging my unique identities and global networks."
Raida KarimB.S.: Computer Science; 2021 Husky 100 member

"Growing up, I never saw myself in the classroom. I felt misrepresented and unwelcomed. My experience prompted me to have a powerful impact in my future teaching and advocacy. I’m here today as a future educator to stand up for the voiceless, ensuring diversity as an asset in my classroom. My aspiration is to not only promote students to reach their highest learning potential, but to also establish an optimistic generation to change our society."
Ana RadziElementary Education; 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.

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.

Stop the Bleed Washington

Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple-casualty events like mass shootings, terrorist attacks and earthquakes. Stop the Bleed training gives potential bystanders the skills and knowledge to provide immediate bleeding control and save lives. Training is free to the public and offered in eight western Washington locations. Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, along with the American College of Surgeons Washington State Committee on Trauma, Seattle and King County EMS and Harborview Medical Center work together to provide this lifesaving training to Washingtonians.


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.


  • Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D),
    Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D)

    Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D)

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

    Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D)

  • Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (D),
    Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (D)

    Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (D)