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Lisa Brown

Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Lisa J. Brown, Ph.D., was appointed Commerce director by Gov. Inslee and began serving the agency in February of 2019. Prior to serving as Commerce director, she served as chancellor of Washington State University, where she led the health science campus in Spokane.

Lisa served in the Washington State Legislature from 1996 – 2013 in the Senate where she was majority leader and chaired the Rules Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and Energy, Technology and Telecommunications Committee. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1993 – 1996, where she was minority whip and minority floor leader. She has worked extensively on economic development in Eastern Washington and on gender equity.

Senator David Frockt

Washington State Senate

David Frockt has served in the Washington State Legislature for a decade, promoting progressive policies such as health care access, environmental sustainability, gun responsibility, and investments that help the state’s most vulnerable people. Voters first elected David to serve the 46th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives in 2010. The following year, the King County Council unanimously appointed him to the state Senate following the tragic death of Sen. Scott White. Voters retained David in 2012 and has been re-elected to two additional terms in 2014 and 2018, receiving over 80% in each race.

Moderated By

Molly Shen

News Anchor, KOMO News at 11 AM, 3:30 and 5 PM

Molly joined KOMO 4 News in 1997. She's won Emmy awards for her live reporting and anchoring and was named the Journalist of the Month by the website Women’s e-news in May 2005. Women's e-news recognized Molly for her work in the community raising awareness for the need for free counseling services for sexual assault victims.

Molly regularly volunteers her time as an emcee for various community groups including Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Home and LifeWire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence Program.) She is on the Honorary Board for Harborview’s Children’s Response Center, serving children who are victims of sexual assault or other trauma and is a prior member of the Board of Directors for Starlight Children’s Foundation, serving seriously ill children and their families.

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