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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  • 22,308 alumni

  • 121 Husky Promise students

  • 1,264 UW students

  • 5,561 UW faculty and staff


"As a PhD student in Sociology, I am grateful for the learning opportunities presented by UW. In particular, the Social, Spatial, and Dynamic Analysis lab's work on homelessness has exposed me to a wide range of research roles: from project manager, front line data collector, and data analyst. I am also a proud first-gen student and provide mentorship to other first-gen and BIPOC undergraduate students interested in graduate school."
Elizabeth NovaSociology, PhD student

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
Nidhi Kumar, ’21, earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science—Pre-Law and Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and her Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) at the University of Washington School of Law. During her time at UW Law, she served as a Graduate Student Representative across three different boards: the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC), the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), and the Student Bar Association (SBA), earning her the M.J. Leadership Award upon graduation. Currently, Nidhi serves on the Amazon Seconded Legal Team at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, continuously building and exploring her passion for the law. Outside of work, Nidhi enjoys playing and watching basketball (Bring Back Our Sonics!), volunteering with the Washington Innocence Project, and is proud to serve the UW Community as a UWAA Gold Council Member.
Nidhi KumarUW 21' , UWAA Gold Council
Nidhi Kumar

"Everything is connected — from global crises, to social media trends, to brain chemistry; and yet, many of us feel profoundly disconnected from ourselves and one another. What if we could foster collaboration, empathy, and connection rather than competition? My work at UW draws from a myriad of perspectives, including Indigenous scholarship, Black feminist teachings, and critical animal studies, to challenge assumptions, open possibilities, and create a kinder, gentler world for all inhabitants."
Peyton GoodwinB.A.: Comparative History of Ideas; 2022 Husky 100 member
"UW is not only where I learned who I am, but where I learned about who I want to be. My husky experience was made possible by professors who genuinely love what they do, like-minded community, friends who feel like family, and simply living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Over the course of my time at UW, I lived in a tent for four months while working on a glacier in Alaska, took a ceramics class (during the pandemic!) where the instructor shipped the materials to your front door, organized and conducted outreach programs at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and spent two years working on a seismology research project which I am now hoping to publish! This is a small glimpse into my time at UW, but when combined with everything else, these experiences have made me into the version of myself I like best."
Amanda SyamsulEarth and Space Sciences

Ron Vered

"As an immigrant, I struggled to find a sense of belonging in my community, that is, until my time at UW. By exploring the abundant UW resources, I have been able to find my place in the Husky Family. My most memorable experiences have included my time at Hillel, PhiDE, Peer Facilitating, HCASB, and Research at the Iliff lab. UW has given me the platform to pursue my goal of one day becoming a physician-scientist who empowers patients in underserved communities through trust and education."
Ron VeredB.S.: Biology (Physiology); B.A.: Biochemistry; 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.

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.


  • Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D),
    Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D)

    Sen. 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)