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Our Commission

A 20-member board of Governor-appointed commissioners supports and advises Serve Washington. Its role is to carry out the mission and goals of the State Service Plan and to fulfill the statutory responsibilities for state service commissions under the authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 12638 and outlined in 45 CFR 2550.50 National and Community Service Trust Act of 1990 as amended by the Serve America Act.

Commission members, who serve no more than three consecutive full three-year terms and do not receive a salary, function as “Ambassadors of Service" within their sector and in their local communities to promote service opportunities, and to encourage volunteerism by all Washingtonians. Our commissioners believe:

  • National service, volunteerism, and civic engagement are fundamental to achieve equity, strengthen communities, and improve lives.
  • National service resources are accessible to all communities to help meet their critical needs.
  • Volunteerism promotes bonds across various races, cultures, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences.
  • Service is a pathway to education and employment.

If you are interested in serving on our commission, please visit the Governor’s website to submit an application online.


Jonathan Arakawa
Klallam Language Teacher
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Liahann Bannerman
Director, Volunteer Center
United Way of King County

Amy Ezzo
Program Manager, Volunteer Workforce Development and Community Engagement
Seattle Children's Hospital

Michael Grayum (Vice Chair)
Grayum Consulting

Mary Greusel
Senior Portfolio Manager, West Region
Office of Regional Operations
Corporation for National and Community Service

Amy Hoyte (Past Chair)
Executive Director
Rebuilding Together South Sound

Diane Klontz
Assistant Director
Community Services and Housing
WA State Department of Commerce (Designee)

Nathe Lawver
Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Kim Maki
Recruitment and Retention Officer
WA State Patrol

Marcie Mills
GEAR UP Director
WA Student Achievement Council (Designee)

Amna Qazi
General Public

Gabrielle Ryan
Community Programs Coordinator
City of Spokane

Joel Ryan
Executive Director
WA State Assoc. of Head Start and ECEAP

Nima Sarrafan
Washington National Guard 

Thomas Tobin 
Perkins Coie

Erika Tucci (Chair)
Senior Program Officer
Cheney Foundation

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction