State Representative Mari Leavitt is a mom, small business owner, education and PTSA leader, and strong supporter of Washington’s military families. As a child of a military family and former Deputy Director of Pierce County Human Services, Rep. Leavitt is well aware of the pressing needs for service-members, veterans, and their families including health care, housing assistance, substance use disorder services, and other supports.
Working in higher education for over 22 years as a college administrator, Mari worked to ensure access to community and technical education opportunities that help students succeed whether in high school or returning for worker retraining or to gain advanced skills.
In her role as Deputy Director and former Trustee of the Accountable Communities of Health, she worked with staff on many programs that include a focus on behavioral health, aging and long-term care, early learning, violence prevention, developmental disabilities for our youngest citizens, and affordable housing and homelessness.
She earned her A.A.S. from Tacoma Community College, B.A. and M. Ed from Western Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Mari lives in University Place with her husband and children.