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Tacoma, Washington        253.620.5400


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The governing body of the Authority is its Board of Commissioners, which is comprised of six members, five of whom are appointed by the Pierce County Executive and ratified by County Council and one which is appointed by the Authority Board of Commissioners.


The Board appoints an Executive Director to administer the affairs of the Authority. The Authority is not considered a component unit of Pierce County, as the Board of Commissioners independently oversees the Authority's operations and Pierce County is not financially accountable for the Authority. Commissioners serve a five-year term.


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- Appointed to the Board of Pierce County Commissioner in February 18, 2014. I have a background in duty, honor, and service as Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee Member City of Lakewood appointed in August 2013, Pierce County Community Connection Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board Member currently serving 2nd term, City of Lakewood Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Pierce County Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Chair, and Member, Parish Council Assumption Catholic Community McChord Air Force Base Vice President, served in Lakewood Family Y.M.C.A. as a Board member. Currently employed by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veteran Service Representative. Served in the U.S. Army (Washington Army National Guard) retired, Recruiting and Retention Command, Area Supervisor throughout Washington State, Imagine 21– Facilitator Fast Track to Change, the Pacific Institute, and Guidance Counselor, Total Army Instructor, Small Group Instructor. I am also alumnus of Saint Martin’s University graduated with Bachelor of Science in Psychology and completed courses in Master of Science in Human Resources Chapman University.




SALLY PORTER SMITH (Vice Chairwoman)
- Born and raised in southwest Washington, Sally has dedicated her thirty-eight year career to public service in countywide public library systems. As a first-generation college graduate, Sally is a strong believer in providing all people access to information and lifelong education. Having retired in October, 2015, she continues to be involved in community service in support of education, literacy, and basic human services. Mentored and supported by librarians and community college teachers, Sally earned an Associate of Arts degree from Centralia Community College in 1975; a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1977 and a Master of Library and Information Science degree in 1982. She served as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington Information School from 1999 – 2003. She currently serves on the Pierce County Community Development Block Grant Citizen’s Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Lakewood Washington Board of Directors, and volunteers for different civic, educational and community organizations. Sally lives in DuPont, Washington.


 - Margaret has dedicated her career to working with mental illness. As a Physiologist in both England and the United States, she researched the relationship between the brain and behavior. After graduating Magna cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law later in life, she spent several years as a public defender, representing people with mental illness. Margaret is now semi-retired with a part time practice. In addition to serving as a Pierce County Housing Commissioner, she is a member of the Pierce County Mental Health Advisory Board and she volunteers as a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid. Her goal as a Housing Commissioner is to represent the interests of residents who face physical and/or emotional challenges and to ensure that people with special needs do not fall through the cracks of the system.


MARK P. MARTINEZ (Commissioner) - Mark P. Martinez was born in Seattle on February 27, 1958. He moved with his family to San Jose, CA at age two and remained there until returning to Tacoma in 1969. He went to school at Sherman Elementary, Mason Jr. High School and Bellarmine Prep., graduating in 1976. He obtained his Journeyman Roofer certification from the Pierce County Roofers Joint Apprenticeship Training Council in April of 1985. He has held various positions within the Roofer's Union Local #153 including President, Vice-President and Apprenticeship Instructor. His experience culminated with his election to the full time position of Business Manager in 1994. In 2005, Mr. Martinez was elected by his peers to the position of Executive Secretary of the Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council, representing the interests of  the 22 construction craft unions and over 10,000 union construction workers living & working in Pierce County. Mr. Martinez has served as a trustee on the Roofer's Health and Welfare Trust and the Roofer's Local #153 Supplemental Pension Fund. He served as a member of the Pierce County Roofer's Joint Apprenticeship Training Council for sixteen years.  He is active in the trade union movement and is a member of the Executive Board of the Pierce County Central Labor Council. Community activities include serving on the Pierce County Trauma Care Task Force, the Pierce County Housing Authority Board of Commissioner, Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees, and on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Pierce County. He is a Senior Fellow of the Americian Leadership Forum of Pierce County (Class X). He lives with his wife Faye and son Darius, 14 years old, in Tacoma's South End.



ANIE RAMSAY (Commissioner) - I was born on the Caribbean island of Cuba. Coming from a poor family that has inculcated values such as respect, honesty, and loyalty has shaped me into a better person. Currently, I am a student at the Evergreen State college in Tacoma, I am aiming to earn a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Previously, I completed my associate’s degree in Human Services in 2013. I enjoy being a commissioner because of the opportunity I have to help others in need. Furthermore, I am excited to also help the Spanish speaking community because Spanish is my native language. During my time as a commissioner I will strive to aid others in all ways possible. Ultimately, I hope to see people transform their lives when having a safe and secure home. A home, and not a house, because a home provides a sense of security, love, and protection. Essentially, all individuals are needy of a home. 


Nací en la isla caribeña de Cuba. Viniendo de una familia pobre que ha inculcado valores como el respeto, la honestidad, y la lealtad, me ha formado en una persona mejor . Actualmente, soy una estudiante de la universidad de Evergreen State en Tacoma. Mi objetivo es obtener un título de bachillerato en Trabajo Social. Anteriormente, he completado mi grado de asociado en Servicios Humanos en el 2013. Me gusta ser una comisionada debido a la oportunidad que tengo de ayudar a los necesitados . Por otra parte, estoy emocionada también para poder ayudar a la comunidad Latina, porque el español es mi lengua nativa. Durante mi tiempo como comisionada voy a tratar de ayudar a los demás en todas las maneras posibles . En última instancia , espero ver a las personas transformar sus vidas al tener un hogar seguro. Un hogar, y no una casa, un hogar porque proporciona una sensación de seguridad , amor y protección. En esencia , todas las personas están necesitados de un hogar .

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