A continuous record of accomplishment as a practicing attorney, specializing in public policy analysis, high-level intergovernmental negotiations and civil law. Practice includes counselor to chair of federal regulatory agency, legislative director for a tribal national tribal non-profit organization, representation of board of directors and subsidiary organizations in tribal organization with revenues in excess of $200,000,000.
Developed process for consulting with tribes while reviewing and updating national regulatory structure. Successfully lead team of judges and attorneys to revise legislation governing award winning tribal court system. Provided advice and strategic policy analysis on national legislative and regulatory proposals to national economic development policy organization. Streamlined contract and regulation compliance process at a gaming organization by developing systems and procedures to ensure efficiency. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions and to bring consensus among diverse stakeholders on sensitive issues.
Active in community service with emphasis on civil rights, diversity training and enhancing achievement opportunities for persons of color. Instructor in continuing legal education classes as well as area higher education institutions. Published author of numerous papers and presentations on complex legal issues. Singled out as a “Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference” in profession.
National Indian Gaming Commission Washington, District of Columbia
Counselor to the Chair September 2010 – October 2011
Native American Contractors Association Washington, District of Columbia
Legislative Director January 2010 – September 2010
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington Tulalip, Washington
Attorney September 2003 – January 2010
Everett Community College Everett, Washington
Instructor 2008 - present
Columbia Legal Services-Native American Project Seattle, Washington
Goldmark Intern June 2002 – August 2002
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP Seattle, Washington
Summer Associate June 2001 – September 2001
Honorable Mary Yu, King County Superior Court Seattle, Washington
Judicial Extern March 2001
Juris Doctor, University of Washington – School of Law, Seattle, WA – June 2003
BA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA – History & American Indian Studies, December 1999
Professional Affiliations & Awards
Washington State Bar Association, Admitted 2003
Publications & Speaking Engagements
“San Manuel’s ‘Treaty Exception’: Will the Tribes’ Treaty Right to Exclude Preclude Application of the National Labor Relations Act to Tribal Gaming Enterprises,” Indian Law Newsletter (September 2006).