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Our Board

Andra Kranzler, President

Andra Kranzler, Intake and Outreach Staff Attorney at the Fair Work Center, provides legal support to the FWC intake and outreach program as well as technical support to FWC community collaborative partners. In addition, she advises and represents workers in enforcing their rights under local, state, and federal labor and employment laws. Andra was raised in Montana and moved to the Puget Sound in 1995. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Most recently, Andra was Legislative Aide to Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold.  Previously, she was the Community Economic Development Manager for Skyway Solutions, managing the grassroots planning effort to update the subarea plan for unincorporated Skyway-West Hill. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at Columbia Legal Services in the Institutions Project.

 

Amanda DuBois, Vice President

Amanda DuBois is the founder and managing partner of DuBois Cary Law Group, a woman-owned boutique family law and estate planning firm with offices on Lake Union in Fremont and in Redmond.  Amanda is also the Founder of the Civil Survival Project, an organization that teaches advocacy skills to formerly incarcerated individuals.  Civil Survival Project is now a project of the Public Defender Association (PDA), where it continues its mission to Educate, Motivate, and Liberate people who have been directly impacted by the criminal system.  Amanda is a board member of Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (which provides post-secondary education to women inside Washington Corrections Center for Women), and Uplift International (which advocates for the global human right to family planning).  She is the past president of the Women's Funding Alliance, and has served on the boards of the Washington State Association for Justice, Shoreline Public School Foundation, Swedish Medical Center Edmonds Foundation, Center for Spiritual Living, and Peace Trees Vietnam.  She is the author of an online curriculum that teaches basic legal survival skills to marginalized individuals, and is a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Women's President's Association.

 

Tim Reynon, Secretary

Tim Reynon is an enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe and a former Puyallup Tribal Council member. Tim is currently serving as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force and is the Chair of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians’ Law & Justice Committee. He previously served as a Co-Chair of De-Escalate WA, the coalition that lead the successful Initiative 940 campaign, which was approved by Washington voters in 2018 with nearly 60% of the vote. Tim served on the 2016 Washington State Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing as a representative of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs. Prior to his election to Tribal Council in 2014, Tim served the Puyallup Tribe for over 15 years as the Executive Director of Human Resources and as a Tribal Attorney. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law and his Bachelor of Social Work degree from BYU-Hawaii. Tim was born and raised in the Seattle-South Puget Sound area and is a graduate of Kent-Meridian High School. Most importantly to Tim, he is a husband to his wife, Maile, and a father to their three boys.
 

 

Joseph McGovern, Treasurer

Joe McGovern retired in 2005 after serving for twenty years as a Financial Planning Director at Seattle City Light, where he was responsible for financial forecasting, rate-setting, and debt management.  A native of New York, Joe moved to Olympia in 1974 to take a job as a budget manager for the State Department of Social and Health Services.  He has also worked for King County and Metro and has had overseas assignments as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and as an advisor to the Government of Kenya.  Since his retirement Joe has been active as a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing the best interests of children in dependency cases in King County Superior Court.

 

Mergitu Argo, Member

Mergitu has worked as an employment case manager for 15 years and as a union organizer before coming to OneAmerica where she now works as the South King County Organizer. She went to school for family and child studies and is from East Africa. She is passionate about working with underserved communities.  She is bilingual in Amharic and Oromo languages and is the mother of a beautiful girl.

 

Lee Covell, Member

By historical coincidence Lee came out of law school just as the first public defender office in the Northwest area was being formed and was the first staff attorney hired.  (Trivia fact, the office received its funding from a federal grant in response to the unsuccessful appeal to the state Supreme Court by Jimi Hendrix’s brother on the right to counsel for misdemeanor defendants.)  After seven years at the Defender Association he went into private practice, emphasizing criminal defense.  For the past twenty years, Lee represented defendants in federal court. Lee has since retired from his law practice in July 2017, but continues to enjoy his service on the Board and with the PDA community. 

 

Maria Kang, Member

Maria is a community member dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for system change to address the disparities in access to resources. In her role as the Prison Education and Re-entry Navigator at Seattle Central College, Maria provides support to students currently incarcerated, and justice involved/formerly incarcerated students navigating the education system seeking a pathway to a degree program. She also serves as the Behavioral Health Specialist for King County Isolation and Quarantine Facilities for those exposed to COVID-19.

Maria has more than 20 years of experience working with non-profit and grass roots organizations in the community in capacities ranging from project and program manager, to curriculum consultant and executive producer. She has had the privilege of working in public-private partnerships (PPP’s) to bridge the Digital Divide and foster Digital Equity in marginalized youth communities of color. She has managed the development and implementation of Information and Digital Literacy programs for Asian Pacific Islander (API) community elders. During her tenure working in the healthcare sector, Maria was recruited to pilot and execute multiple systems integration projects focused on eliminating barriers and improving access to health systems.
 
Maria holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. She is the mother of two adult children, and a grandmother to the best granddaughter ever.
 
 

Alex Narvaez, Member

Alexandra Narvaez is a staff attorney with Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC), a non-profit organization that provides legal advocacy for youth facing homelessness, youth in dependency proceedings, and youth facing juvenile criminal charges.  They provide holistic representation to the youth they serve.  Alexandra works with youth in all three of these areas.  Prior to joining the LCYC team in 2014, she worked for 7 years as a staff attorney with The Defender Association (TDA).  While at TDA, she represented adults in misdemeanor, dependency, and civil commitment proceedings; and youth in juvenile and dependency cases.   She attended Seattle University School of Law and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Washington. 

 

Thea Oliphant-Wells, Member

Thea Oliphant-Wells is in long term recovery from opioid use disorder and has personal experiences with homelessness and criminal justice involvement. She is a social worker and harm reductionist. Since completing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Washington in 2012 she has been working with people with behavioral health conditions in harm reduction programs. She has most recently been a part of the King County Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force and has been working on systems-level advocacy for the last two years while working as a social worker for King County’s Public Health Needle Exchange program.

 

Joseph Shoji Lachman, Member

Joseph Shoji Lachman serves as the Policy Analyst at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), helping to analyze and advocate for policies to address the needs and concerns of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as immigrants and refugees broadly and other underserved communities. On behalf of ACRS, Joseph’s role also supports the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington by coordinating statewide AAPI advocacy efforts. Prior to serving as the ACRS Policy Analyst beginning in 2020, Joseph served as the organization’s Civic Engagement Program Manager for two years, helping to coordinate various voter and community engagement activities to improve access to democracy for AAPI communities.

Joseph identifies as a 4th/5th generation Japanese American and was born and raised in Seattle. He attended Garfield High School before temporarily relocating to the East Coast to complete his undergraduate degree at Yale University in 2015.

 
 

Jim Street, Member

Jim is currently retired. He served on the Seattle City Council from 1984 to 1995, as a King County Superior Court Judge from 1996 to 2001, including a final year as a Juvenile Court judge, and from 2001 to 2010 as the Director of Reinvesting in Youth, a partnership for juvenile justice and youth-services reform led by the City of Seattle, King County, and the King County Juvenile Court.

Jim has also served in the US Air Force in the Philippines and Vietnam, worked as an economist and operations analyst with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and been an associate and partner in the law firm of Schweppe, Krug, and Tausend in Seattle.

Jim and his wife Lou Ann have four children.

 

Rev. Harriett Walden, Member

Rev. Harriett G. Walden is founder of Seattle-based Mothers for Police Accountability and co-chair of the Community Police Commission, a civilian body established as part of the agreement between the city of Seattle and the Department of Justice working to develop police reform recommendations.

 

 

IN MEMORIAL

 

Anthony (Tony) Orange,  Memorial Member 

Tony Orange served as Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program from 2003 to 2007.  Formerly, Tony served as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs for seven years where he coordinated a stakeholder listening project for Region 4 Community Services Division Administrator of the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to that, he served as acting director of the Central Area Youth Association in Seattle and was staff assistant to the Seattle Human Rights Commission from 1988 to 1994. He was also Executive Director for the Coalition for Quality Integrated Education before managing the Equity and Compliance Department of the Seattle Public School District in 1977. Tony formerly served on the board of directors of Festival Sundiata, the Seattle-King County NAACP, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. He was a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, the Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Review Committee, and served on the board of the Breakfast Group.