Biography

Born and raised in Port Angeles, Jake’s experience in the YMCA Youth and Government program pointed him early on toward a life of public service. He was the first in his family to attend college, earning a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and then an MPA from the University of Puget Sound.

Jake has been the Director of the WSU Energy program since 2001, providing leadership in alternative-energy and energy-efficiency. Jake has also coordinated community-volunteer efforts as a member of the Sound Transit and Pierce Transit Boards, and working on the Pierce County Public Health Board. He has served as Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, was a member of the Tacoma City Council and also Deputy Mayor of Tacoma.

Elected into the WA State House of Representatives in 2012, Jake currently serves as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee and as a member of the House Environmental Committee and the Technology and Economic Development Committee. In addition, Jake serves as the Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments’ Transportation Committee.

One of Jake’s top priorities in the legislature is ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable youth have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Jake was the prime sponsor of the Homeless Student Stability Act, which provides housing support and school counselors for homeless families. Currently, Jake serves as a member of the Office of Homeless youth Advisory Committee.

Jake has lived in Tacoma for more than 30 years. He has two children and two grandkids.