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.
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.
An update at the halfway point We’re about halfway through the legislative session now, so I wanted to provide a quick update on what we’ve been up to. Bills have moved through our policy and fiscal committees, and now we’re spending long...
As your representative in the Washington State Legislature, I send occasional email updates designed to keep you informed about the issues being debated in Olympia that may impact our community and Washington state. If you received this message in error...
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The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement on Washington’s commitment to ensuring all students have the right to a discrimination-free environment: “Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, was both clear and firm in...
“Today Donald Trump turned a blind eye to illegal discrimination that threatens transgender and gender non-conforming students’ opportunity to learn, and negatively impacts their health and well-being. Thankfully, Washington state has not. Students across our state continue to have the...
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