Joanna Monroe, board president
Joanna is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Compliance and Risk Officer for TrueBlue, Inc.
Joanna is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Compliance and Risk Officer for TrueBlue, Inc., a Tacoma-based, publicly traded staffing company with approximately $2.8 billion in annual revenues. TrueBlue connects over 800,000 people with work each year through its PeopleReady, Staff Management and PeopleScout brands.
In her role, Joanna is responsible for building and managing the company’s Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management and Government Relations programs. She and is responsible for setting and implementing strategic legal and legislative initiatives to support operations and advising management and the Board of Directors. With over 18 years at TrueBlue, Joanna contributed to Labor Ready’s transformation from a day labor temp company, to a diversified, international staffing provider.
As Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, she spurred the business community to actively engage in the political and policy making process and was a co-founder of the Tacoma-Pierce County Business Alliance PAC. She has also served on the Board of Franke Tobey Jones since 2010, and led the organization Board as Chairman from 2015 to 2017. She is an active member of the Pierce County Salary Commission, and has previously served on the Pierce County Personnel Board, as well as the YWCA Board.
toby murray, board vice president
Toby is President and CEO of Murray Pacific Corporation.
Born and raised in Lakewood, Toby graduated from Charles Wright Academy in 1971, and in 1975 graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. He also attended the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development in 1983.
Toby’s career with Murray Pacific Corporation began in 1976 when he started as a Timber Cruiser/Log Buyer for the company. In 1980-82 he became Assistant General Manager, and from 1983-2000 General Manager of the Timber Products Division. Toby also served as Vice President of Murray Pacific Corporation from 1983-2000. During this time major career highlights included the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (1993), and the nation’s first Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (1995). Currently, Toby is President/CEO of Murray Pacific Corporation.
Active in the community, Toby serves or has serve on the following boards: Murray Pacific Corporation, Washington Forest Protection Association, Chairman of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Emergency Food Network, Goodwill Heritage Foundation.
Toby and his wife, Laurie, reside in Lakewood and have two children, L.T. (32) and Kelsey (31).
jim seley, board secretary/treasurer
Jim is the managing member and president of Feed Commodities, LLC.
Jim is the managing member and president of Feed Commodities, LLC, a local recycling company that converts food by-products into feed ingredients for use in the poultry and dairy industries. Jim also founded Normandy Waste Management Systems, which offers food processors a method to identify their waste streams, develop a waste reduction strategy, and ultimately reduce their waste and improve their bottom line.
Jim received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his MBA from the University of Washington. Jim also served four years as an Army Ranger, and served in several overseas operations. Jim stays involved with the Rangers through his work as a board member of the “Pointe du Hoc Foundation,” which raised funds to build a memorial to the fallen Rangers of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, and continues to support Ranger families.
TARA DOYLE-ENNEKING, executive director
Tara is the General Manager/ Finance Director for Goodfella's Motor Company.
Tara is the General Manager/ Finance Director for Goodfella's Motor Company, a premium automotive dealership she co-owns and operates along with her husband, Mike Enneking, and their partner, John Xitco, since 2001. She was instrumental in growing the business from two employees at their Fife store to moving and expanding to Tacoma with now sixteen employees. In her role, Tara established the Finance and Sales Department and has cultivated many of their long-term vendor, lender and customer relationships. Tara provides key leadership to this forward thinking company that continues to strive for customer excellence and evolve with the latest technological offerings in an ever changing economic climate.
Tara received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her M.A. from Pacific Lutheran University.
Tara entered the City Council race in 2015 with the intent to bring a strong business presence to the framework of City Council. Through that experience it garnered her great support of the business community and a desire to provide important networking opportunities to community leaders, business owners and mindful individuals that wish to engage in growing Tacoma the right way. She is currently a Board Director on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board. She serves on the Board Development Committee and is Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee.
Diana is a Vice President and member of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs.
Diana is a Vice President and member of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs. Diana primarily represents clients in Olympia focusing on legislative and executive lobbying. She specializes in advocating for public utilities and business clients. Prior to joining Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, Diana served as Leadership Counsel to the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus. Prior to working for the Senate, Diana practiced law for several years focusing on land use and environmental issues and also served as a Law Clerk to Chief Justice Gerry Alexander of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Loren MCBRIDE Cohen
Loren is the Managing Director with McBride Cohen Management Group (dba MC Construction).
Loren is the Managing Director with McBride Cohen Management Group (dba MC Construction), his family's nearly 50-year old Olympia based real estate development and construction company. For the past 20 years, MC Construction has developed some of the Puget Sound's most successful multi-family residential buildings, bringing nearly 1,000 apartment and condominium units to market in the city of Tacoma alone. Since 2006, a majority of Loren's focus has been on the Point Ruston project, a $1.4+ billion redevelopment of the former Asarco Tacoma Smelter Superfund Site, repurposing a 97-acre waterfront property into a resort-inspired mixed-use neighborhood.
Loren earned his Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound, and a Juris Doctorate from the Willamette University School of Law. He is an attorney and member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Samantha is a Local Government Affairs Manager with the Washington Hospitality Association.
Samantha has helped create, guide and expand the Washington Hospitality Association’s work on the local level in Tacoma-Pierce County and the South Sound region. She has coordinated restaurant and hotel members and local elected officials on issues like minimum wage, paid sick leave, bag bans and public health. Samantha holds positions on several food health advisory boards, is supporting revitalization efforts in downtown Tacoma, and sits on the statewide Vendor and Mobile Medical Unit Advisory Committee.
Samantha graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and environmental studies. Before joining the Washington Hospitality Association in 2015, she worked with the contract lobbying firm, Alliances Northwest.
Odette is the Founder and CEO of Celebrity Gourmet Ventures, Inc.
Odette is the Founder and CEO of Celebrity Gourmet Ventures, Inc., parent company of Celebrity Cake Studio and two recently acquired wholesale food brands.
Odette grew up in a family of bakers and is a veteran of the food and beverage industry. She started her own bakery and cafe in 1998, then in 2000 she focused the business on cakes. Since then, Celebrity Cake Studio has won a variety of national wedding industry awards.
Together with her sister/business partner, Mary Ann Quitugua, Odette acquired two wholesale food brands in the past two years, Wax Orchards and Dragonfly Cakes and Petits Fours.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Arizona with a BA in Political Science and East Asian Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Guam, and a Business Growth Collaborative Certificate from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Odette is a board member of the Retail Bakers of America and is the Seattle Chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
Charles r. brown
Charlie is an attorney and principal of Cascade Government Affairs, LLC.
Charlie is an attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of full time government affairs and general legal counsel at the Washington state legislative and administrative levels. He has been a professional lobbyist for more than fifteen years. Charlie spent three years working as a congressional staff member in Washington D.C. prior to attending law school at Seattle University. In addition to a focus on State of Washington legislative issues, Charlie also works on legislative issues at the federal level. Working through the state delegation and contacts developed while working in Washington, D.C. and through recent public affairs efforts, Charlie has been successful at both the state and federal level.
As former Chair of the Regulatory Reform Task Force for the Association of Washington Business, Charlie is recognized as a leader who can form coalitions and push complicated legislation through the process. Charlie is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, previously serving on the Bar’s Legislative Committee. He is a member of the Association of Washington Business, currently serving on the Government Affairs Council. He is also involved in his community serving on the Tacoma Zoo Board and the Tacoma Youth Soccer Association Board.
Taylor is the Government Affairs Director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors.
Taylor is the Government Affairs Director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors. She was previously a Development Officer with CHI Franciscan Health.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University, and a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education.
Jackie is a public affairs professional with WestRock Company.
Jackie is a public affairs professional with WestRock Company, a global consumer and corrugated packaging company. She joined Simpson Tacoma Kraft in 2010, before the company was acquired by WestRock. Since joining the company, she has held roles in logistics, capital procurement and public affairs.
Jackie is skilled in supply chain processes, project management, change management and public engagement. Her passions include relationship building and stewardship.
She has a Bachelor's degree in Communications & Public Relations from the University of Washington and a MBA from Liberty University.