Local woman named to college board


Emily Washines

— Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Emily Washines, a Central Washington University alumnus and distinguished member of the Yakama Nation, to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees.

“I am committed to advancing higher education, especially with diverse and tribal communities,” Washines explained as to why she applied to join the board of trustees, which she considered a “respected voice on campus” dating back to when she was a university student.

Washines received baccalaureate degrees in public policy and political science in 2006. She also minored in economics and served as president of the Native American Student Association, where she developed and coordinated yearly cultural and educational events. She also served as state Gov. Gary Locke’s education intern.

Washines worked as an admissions counselor. She also was the university’s Native American liaison and led President James L. Gaudino’s Diversity Council before going on to earn a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

Washines now works as a public relations specialist for Yakama Nation Fisheries, where she is responsible for communicating cutting-edge science locally, regionally, and nationally, such as about the reintroduction of a locally extinct salmon species.

“Much of the work is done in partnership with local, state, and federal officials,” she said. “The pace of the work highlights the abundant need for innovative technology and science in natural resources.”

“I stepped away from my university position in 2010 to finish my master’s degree and work at the Yakama Nation,” Washines said. “[But] I am still approached for insight on university best practices.”


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