As a working mom with two kids, Tana brings an important perspective to legislative issues. She consistently advocates for busy families through policies that address education and community needs, and seeks upstream solutions to prevent crises before they occur.
As a state representative for the 41st Legislative District, Tana sits on the Education Committee, the Early Learning and Human Services Committee serving as Vice Chair, and the Appropriations Committee. Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap and ensure our children have access to mental health services and social emotional learning in our schools.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked for 15 years in government relations and communications in the private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors before her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council.
Tana serves on the board of Hopelink and the National Association of Jewish Legislators, as well as on the Advisory Board of the UW Masters of Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology Program. She has held previous board roles on the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, and the Island Park Elementary School PTA.
Tana, her husband, two children and their big black lab live on Mercer Island.
Honors and Awards:
Alliance of Eastside Agencies, Elected Official of the Year, 2017
American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Health Advocate Award, 2017
Community Employment Alliance, Employment First Champion, 2017
Community Residential Services Association, Supported Living Champion Award, 2017
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2016
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2016
Early Learning Action Alliance, Crayon Award, 2016
The Arc of King County, Developmental Disabilities Advocate Award, 2016
Washington School Counselor Association, Advocacy All Star, 2016
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2015
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2015
King County Family Coalition, Champion for Children, 2015
Children’s Campaign Fund, Champion for Children Award, 2014
In a quick session, it is difficult to get everything done that you want to. I’m proud to share that despite time limitations, I was able to ensure unique and important solutions to many challenges that are facing the 41st...
A good week to be a woman in Washington On Wednesday, Governor Inslee signed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act into law! I am beyond proud that this historic legislation passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and that so many of...
OLYMPIA—This morning, in his conference room packed with lawmakers, advocates and supporters, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act into law. Washington was one the first states in the Union to address the wage gap by passing the...
Governor Jay Inslee will sign House Bill 1506, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, this Wednesday, March 21st, at 10:30 a.m. The bill signing ceremony will be held in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol. The Equal Pay Opportunity...
Students walk out in protest of gun violence Kids across America—including students from schools in our district—walked out in protest on Wednesday, demanding that their leaders take steps to ensure their safety by passing stricter gun laws. I had the honor...
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