Joanna s. Monroe, board president

Joanna is the President and CEO of Consult JSM, a compliance, legal and business consulting practice.

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Joanna is the President and CEO of Consult JSM, a compliance, legal and business consulting practice. She is a trusted senior executive and C-Suite adviser with two decades of experience helping organizations grow revenue and profit while reducing risk and expense. Joanna recently retired as Chief Compliance and Risk Officer at TrueBlue. She was part of the leadership team that transformed the organization from a $1B day labor company, into a $3B+ international, diversified staffing company with 700 offices and 6,000 employees, placing 800,000 people into jobs each year.

Over the course of her corporate career, Joanna was responsible for establishing and implementing strategic company-wide legal, compliance and enterprise risk initiatives in a diverse, fast paced environment. She has deep expertise in business strategy, regulatory compliance, law department management, risk management, contractual negotiations, government affairs and human resources with proven success in aligning legal expertise with organizational needs for achieving business growth. Joanna is highly regarded for providing practical, solutions-focused advice that enables leaders to take appropriate risks and unleash business growth.

Joanna serves in numerous board leadership and committee roles for multiple nonprofit organizations. 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. 

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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 grown children, L.T. and Kelsey.


TARA DOYLE-ENNEKING, executive director

Tara is the CEO of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce.

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Tara was named CEO of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She was previously General Manager/Finance Director for Goodfella's Motor Company, a premium automotive dealership she co-owns along with her husband, Mike Enneking, and their partner, John Xitco. At Goodfella's, Tara established the Finance and Sales Department and cultivated many of their long-term vendor, lender and customer relationships.

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. In addition to leading the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber, she serves on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board.

Loren MCBRIDE Cohen

Loren is the Managing Director with McBride Cohen Management Group (dba MC Construction).

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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.



Lane is CFO and co-owner at Datec, Inc.

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Lane is CFO and co-owner at Datec, Inc., a locally-owned enterprise infrastructure provider, systems integrator and IT professional services company.

Lane was a longtime sales executive for Hewlett-Packard before early retirement in 2012. In 2014, he followed his lifetime passion for soccer and purchased the rights to the Tacoma Stars branding and logos, and was involved in the team’s rise to the Major Arena Soccer League that same season. He is CEO and co-owner of the Sounders Women and Sounders FC U-23.

A native of Tacoma, Lane serves on the Board of Governors for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, and he currently serves as leaseholder and benefactor of the non-profit Tacoma Soccer Center.



Odette is the Founder and CEO of Celebrity Gourmet Ventures, Inc.

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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. 

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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.


matt perry

Matt is the Local Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager at Puget Sound Energy.

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Matt is the Local Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager at Puget Sound Energy.

Prior to joining PSE in 2016, he spent more than a decade working in Washington State’s Congressional delegation.

Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.


taylor shanaman

Taylor is the Government Affairs Director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS.

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Taylor is the Government Affairs Director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS representing over 2000 REALTOR members across Pierce County.

Previously, she has worked as a successful fundraiser for both philanthropic and political organizations like CHI Franciscan and Washington REALTORS.

Born in Tacoma, Taylor went to college at Washington State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She was previously a Development Officer with CHI Franciscan Health.


jacqueline white

Jackie is a public affairs professional with WestRock Company.

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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.


joe bushnell

Joe is the Local Government Affairs Coordinator for the Washington Hospitality Association.

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Joe is the Local Government Affairs Coordinator for the Washington Hospitality Association, his work includes building strong relationships with association members and connecting them with local government leaders, business leaders and their staff.

Among his duties are representing the hospitality industry on task forces, stakeholder groups, testifying before City and County Councils, as well as coordinating participation and testimony by members of the hospitality community.

Joe has spent over a decade of service with the United States Marine Corps on active duty and the reserves. Currently, he serves as the Company Gunnery Sergeant (Director of Operations) for the Marine Corps Reserve unit, Combat Logistics Battalion 23, Headquarters & Service Company, based out of Joint Base Lewis-McCord.

His other past experience includes serving on the staff of the Washington State Senate and political campaign management.

A passionate leader in our community, Joe also serves on the following boards, the Pierce County Food Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, and is the Board Chair of the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council.

He has a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Political Science and Economics.



Maia is the Director of Constituent Services for Pierce County.

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Maia is the Director of Constituent Services for Pierce County.

Coming to Washington thanks to her military parents, Maia has lived in Pierce county for nearly 20 years. She attended Clover Park High School and Pierce College Fort Steilacoom graduating from the Running Start program. She went on to earn her bachelors' degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and pursued a career in Marketing and Communications after completing an internship for Metro Parks Tacoma.

Espinoza has managed clients and customers from telecom to world travel, and is passionate about problem solving to find agreeable solutions. After a short stint working for the state legislature, she founded the Center for Latino Leadership to enhance Latino civic engagement across Washington State. She currently serves as Executive Director for that organization. Maia and her husband are small business owners and reside in Lakewood with their two children.


aj gordon

AJ is the Director of Growth & Strategy at SiteCrafting, Inc.

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AJ is the Director of Growth & Strategy at SiteCrafting, a local full-service digital agency headquartered in Tacoma since 1998. Additionally, he serves on Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors as an Executive Committee member and the Treasurer of the Board. He also serves on the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, and the IT Cluster Committee.

AJ is the founding Charter President of the Rotary Club of Tacoma Sunset, and continues to maintain and active role in his club’s activities. Previous community involvement includes Past Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, and co-founding Board Member and Past Board Chair for the Young Professional Network of Tacoma-Pierce County.

A native to the South Sound, AJ and his wife and three kids live in Browns Point.

AJ's accomplishments include: 2017 Financial Executive of the Year by Business Examiner Media; 40 Under Forty by Business Examiner Media (2008); and Business Leadership Academy, 2006, TPCC and PLU.

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Jeremiah Lafranca

Jeremiah is the Executive Officer of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County.

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Jeremiah is the Executive Officer of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, a community of home building professionals and related service providers that promotes and protects the local building industry. As a graduate from University Of Toledo College Of Law, Jeremiah accepted the Director position of MBA Pierce’s government affairs program in 2013. Serving in this role for five years, he worked extensively with Pierce County and city governments on various land use regulations, codes and permit process improvements. In 2018 he accepted a promotion to Executive Officer and continues to drive the efforts of the association to support the housing industry.


piilani raper

Piilani is the founder and CEO of Alliance West Insurance, Inc.

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Piilani is the founder and CEO of Alliance West Insurance, Inc., a Lakewood-based insurance broker serving individuals, families and businesses with insurance products and financial services.