Legislative District 40

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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  • 81 Husky Promise students

  • 392 UW students

  • 93 UW faculty and staff


Craig Romano, award-winning guidebook author, outdoors writer and photographer, has a passion for exploring Northwest trails. During Washington's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Romano shared his knowledge of urban hikes so folks could still explore during the pandemic. “Now more than ever as we’re dealing with this pandemic, we need the rejuvenating powers of nature, the outdoors and our community connection."
Craig RomanoUW '94 & '07; University of Washington Magazine feature
“I grew up with a single mother and two brothers and have worked super hard throughout my schooling years to be that good example for my younger brother and to take advantage of the different opportunities there are for students who look like me. I am studying at the University of Washington hoping to major in Psychology and Education with the hopes of taking those degrees and giving back to my community and getting that light and determination to students who come from the same background in my town. Everyone deserves a chance to be that change and help our communities.”
Marisol MartinezPsychology, Education, '23


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.

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.

Friday Harbor Laboratories

The swift tideways, quiet bays and lagoons of Friday Harbor give this lab a worldwide reputation as an excellent location year-round to study many types of marine algae, invertebrates and fish. The lab invites and hosts diverse groups of students and researchers for field trips, meetings, symposia and quarter-long courses. In summer internships at FHL, undergraduate students have invaluable opportunities to conduct research alongside a mentor. Each year over 100 researchers visit Friday Harbor Labs to conduct a vast array of research projects in marine biology, oceanography and fisheries.


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.

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 Liz Lovelett (D),
    Senator Liz Lovelett (D)

    Senator Liz Lovelett (D)

  • Representative Debra Lekanoff (D),
    Representative Debra Lekanoff (D)

    Representative Debra Lekanoff (D)

  • Representative Alex Ramel (D),
    Representative Alex Ramel (D)

    Representative Alex Ramel (D)