Deanna Dawson is the Executive Director of the Sound Cities Association (formerly Suburban Cities Association), where she works on behalf of 37 King County cities and their over one million residents to create regional solutions through advocacy, education, and mutual support.
Prior to joining SCA in 2011, Dawson was Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives for Justice at Stake, a national, bipartisan campaign working to keep our courts fair, impartial, and accountable. Dawson previously served as Executive Director of Snohomish County, Washington, where she oversaw Law & Justice and Human Services, and worked with the Executive and Council to establish policy on matters of public safety, access to justice, housing & homelessness, veterans’ services, education, workforce development, and health & vulnerability.
Dawson was elected to the Edmonds City Council in 2001, and reelected in 2005. An active member of the community, Deanna has served in the past on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Snohomish County, Washington Women Lawyers, TeamChild, the Snohomish County Center for Battered Women (now Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County), and the National Women’s Political Caucus. She has been recognized for her efforts in the community and the legal profession by Soroptimist International of Sno-King, who honored her with the “Making a Difference for Women Award” in 2006, and Washington Women Lawyers, who honored her as “Chapter Member of the Year” in both 2002 and 2005.
Deanna was born and raised in Washington State, and holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She has practiced law in both the private and public sector, and her legal experience includes criminal and civil litigation; defending the rights of accused persons as a public defender; protecting the rights of victims as a domestic violence special prosecutor; representing at-risk youth in order to ensure their access to education, health care, and housing; working as a staff attorney at the Washington State Court of Appeals; and serving for nearly a decade as a Judge pro tem.
Ellie Wilson-Jones joined Sound Cities Association as a Policy Analyst in March 2015. Previously, Ellie worked for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she assisted Nebraska state leaders in analyzing their criminal justice system and identifying crucial reforms. She has also worked for the City of Seattle's Office of Intergovernmental Relations, City Council, and City Attorney's Office and served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington Supreme Court. Before becoming an attorney, Ellie covered politics and government for Roll Call, The Seattle Times, and Skagit Valley Herald. She received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Political Science and her law degree from the University of Washington.
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Brian Parry joined Sound Cities Association as a Senior Policy Analyst in November 2016. Brian was born and raised in the Puget Sound and graduated from the University of Washington in 2001 with a degree in History and Political Science. Prior to joining Sound Cities Association, Brian worked for Snohomish County government where he worked with the County Executive and Council to develop and implement policies related to growth management, transportation, utilities, energy and sustainability, housing, and workforce development. Brian has served as representative on a variety of local policy committees, including the Snohomish County Workforce Development Council, the Conservation Futures Advisory Board, and the Brightwater Air Quality Advisory Board. Before joining Snohomish County, Brian worked in government affairs at the state and local level and also as a legislative analyst in the Washington State Senate.
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Doreen Booth graduated from Sonoma State University in California with a BA in Planning and in Economics. Doreen moved to Washington State in 1994, working as a planner in Fife (1994-1999), Planning Director in Pacific (1999) and Planning Director/City Hall Administrator (2000-2007) in Duvall. Doreen passed the CPA exam in 1999. Doreen worked in economic development in Duvall (2007-2008) and as a consultant (2008-2011) before joining SCA in March of 2011.
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Alena Marshak joined Sound Cities Association as a Policy Analyst in December 2016. Alena has lived in King County for over ten years and was born and raised in Washington State. Prior to joining Sound Cities Association, Alena worked as a graduate intern at King County Metro Transit in their Strategy and Performance work group assisting planners on strategic and long range transit plans. Alena has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. Before attending graduate school, Alena worked as a paralegal for over six years in the private sector.
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Kristy Cole joined the Sound Cities Association (SCA) in July of 2010 as the Administrative Services Manager. Prior to working at SCA, she worked in office administration in the private sector for over a decade. Kristy graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in Architectural Studies.