Biography

Nicole Macri is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. She has developed and managed housing projects, implemented social and health services programs, helped create policy directives, and led advocacy and community outreach efforts.  Her work has delivered results for people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, and for victims of abuse.

Nicole was elected to the state House of Representatives by the people of the 43rd legislative district in 2016 and took her oath of office on January 9, 2017.

She is a nationally recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, working to ensure all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities.

She has championed Seattle’s Housing Levy, and was appointed by the City Council to serve successive terms as a member of the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. As a member, it is Nicole’s responsibility to monitor the progress of the $145 million Housing Levy approved by voters to achieve its goals with proper fiscal and accountability controls in place. In 2014, she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County for her outstanding work in the field of affordable housing.

Nicole was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to New Jersey when she was 11 years old. Both her parents grew up living in public housing, and strongly believed in the importance of public education as the pathway for their kids’ future success. Nicole attended Rutgers University, where she met her partner Deb Cayz, and was the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She earned her Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business. Inspired by the natural beauty and progressive values of the Northwest, Nicole and Deb moved to Seattle in 1999, and have lived on Capitol Hill for more than a decade.

In the Legislature, Nicole serves as vice chair of the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and is a member of both the Capital Budget Committee and the Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee.  She is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

News

Hundreds of constituents packed First Baptist Seattle on March 11 for the first town hall of my legislative career.  It was a privilege to be able to meet with so many of you at one time, and to share the stage with Speaker Frank Chopp and Senator Jamie Pedersen.

  • E-Newsletter: My bill to retain key tool in effort to end homelessness passes House | e-Newsletter - July 31, 2017
    My bill to retain key tool in effort to end homelessness passes House The legislature began a second special session on May 23 to finish our work on the state budget and bills necessary to implement the budget.  My bill,... READ MORE
  • Rep. Nicole Macri tapped as “Emerging Leader” | News - July 27, 2017
    OLYMPIA – The Milbank Memorial Fund and the Reforming State Group have selected state Rep. Nicole Macri to participate in the 2017-18 Emerging Leaders Program. The Fund, established in 1905, designed the program to help legislators gain skills and policy tools... READ MORE
  • House votes to retain key tool in effort to end homelessness | News - May 26, 2017
    OLYMPIA – The state House of Representatives gave its OK Thursday (May 25) afternoon to legislation that will provide cities, counties, and the state with tens of millions of dollars to reduce homelessness and increase a dwindling supply of affordable... READ MORE
  • “The Stranger” Guest Editorial: Don’t Let Statewide Funding for Homelessness Expire | News - April 20, 2017
    Rep. Nicole Macri WE’RE DAYS AWAY from the end of the 2017 legislative session, and the state legislature has yet to intervene in our statewide homelessness crisis with the positive solutions right there in front of them. (MORE)
  • E-Newsletter: House bill would enhance internet privacy protections for consumers | News - April 8, 2017
    House bill would enhance internet privacy protections for consumers Donald Trump signed into law last month a bill that strips you of your ability stop internet service providers (ISP) from selling your private browsing information. This means if you’ve ever typed... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 311
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7826
    Email Nicole

    Legislative Assistant:
    Curtis Knapp
    Email: Curtis.Knapp@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Health Care and Wellness
    Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs
    Capital Budget

    For Press Inquiries, or for broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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