Legislative District 43

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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A nationally honored artist, Patti Warashina creates satirical and humorous figurative sculptures that explore human nature, feminism and other social topics. While she intended to become a dental hygienist, in her sophomore year she fell in love with the arts. "I had an elective so I took a drawing class. I was really afraid of that class ... I didn’t even know what a charcoal stick was. But I just loved that class."
Patti WarashinaUW '62 & '64; University of Washington Magazine feature
A longtime friend of the School of Nursing, Charyl Kay Sedlick has served on the UW School of Nursing's Advisory Board, the dean's review committee and the centennial committee. Her passion for healthy communities led her to help start Grandmothers Against Gun Violence with her knitting group in 2012. “They tell you that your health depends not just on eating well and eating right and exercise but on socialization … and a vodka once in a while.”
Charyl Kay SedlikUW '67; University of Washington Magazine feature

Trina Cottingham is part of the executive team leading Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. Cottingham helps provide children living with critical illnesses an experience that transforms their lives, strengthens families and brings communities together. “I love that no matter how good or bad my day is, I get to spend it doing something good for someone else."
Trina Cottingham (right)UW ’96, University of Washington Magazine feature
"As an aspiring physician and global health leader, my mission is to dismantle health inequities, advocate for communities I serve, and implement just and representative policies and practices. UW has given me the opportunity to master the skills needed to tackle these challenges. I leave my undergraduate career as a published author, global health researcher, award-winning scholar, and founder & president of the National Society of Black Health Professionals."
Meron GirmaB.A.: Medical Anthropology and Global Health; 2021 Husky 100 member

"My leadership and community service experiences as a Public Health undergraduate student allowed me to explore my passions in global health and social justice. Now, as a UW Master of Health Administration candidate, I hope to utilize the business and management skills I learn in this program to complement my passions for public health."
Alyssa FrugéB.A.: Public Health - Global Health: Health Education and Promotion; Master of Health Administration ; 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.

The University of Washington

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is the state’s flagship public research university. Educating more than 54,000 students annually and employing over 44,000 individuals, the UW educates and serves residents from every corner of the state. Students, faculty and staff partner with community members to discover timely solutions to the world’s most complex problems and enrich the lives of people throughout the state of Washington.

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.

The Doorway Project

The Doorway Project addresses youth homelessness in Seattle’s University District through continuous community-engaged collaboration with service providers. The project’s mission is to use healing-centered engagement to reduce youth homelessness and improve quality of life for all affected. It strengthens services for young people experiencing homelessness, offering the resources and tools they need to thrive.

Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities

The Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) program was founded in 1974 to make dental care more accessible for people with disabilities. DECOD is a teaching institution committed to training students and other learners in the care of dental patients with developmental and acquired disabilities, providing clinical dental services for 3,500–4,000 patients each year.

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 Jamie Pedersen (D),
    Senator Jamie Pedersen (D)

    Senator Jamie Pedersen (D)

  • Representative Nicole Macri (D),
    Representative Nicole Macri (D)

    Representative Nicole Macri (D)

  • Representative Frank Chopp (D),
    Representative Frank Chopp (D)

    Representative Frank Chopp (D)