Board of Directors, Staff and Advisory Board Members

board members

Ken Dammand, President
Ken is a retired Everett firefighter, paramedic and fire captain. He’s been active in Firefighter’s Local 46 and various community groups.  In his previous lives he was the drummer in the 60’s era rock band Fragile Lime, a reluctant soldier, a scholar (Ph.D. in developmental psychology), an adjunct professor, dish washer, and just about everything in between.  He serves on the administration committee and chairs the resource development and field organizing committees.

Roger Erskine, Vice-President
Roger ErskineTeacher, education activist and leader, Roger has worked for over 40 years in every state; managed political campaigns for candidates for Congress, Governors, and State Legislators. He co-founded the Teacher Union Reform Network and the League of Education Voters.
2012 Warren G. Magnuson State Committeeman of the Year, Roger chairs the Washington State Democratic Central Committee’s Elections Committee.
Former Seattle School Superintendent John Stanford said, “Erskine is not just a good union leader, he is the most progressive and foresighted leader of any union in America.”

John King, Treasurer
John is a Washington native and a retired lawyer. Prior to becoming WPC’s President, John chaired its Policy Committee, which is primarily concerned with the group’s legislative affairs. In addition to having engaged in private law practice, he has been a naval officer, counsel to a U.S. Senate committee, a law school adjunct professor, and a board or committee member of various civic groups. He is a former president of the Western Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundations and a recipient of the national Arthritis Foundation’s distinguished service award. John is the author of Captive Notions, a book of original aphorisms, and is a recreational basketball player. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.

Jean Carlson, Secretary
Jean has been a civic activist since the early ’70′s, for Seattle Public Schools and state funding of education, with the League of Women Voters on statewide and national issues, and now with Washington Public Campaigns, determined to “form a more perfect Union.”  She is Board Secretary and Communications chair and publicist for WPC.

Syd Fredrickson
Syd.FredericksonSyd has lived in the Seattle area for 23 years, initially because of work related to being on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Her commitment to create visible models for more engaged, sustainable, and socially just living led to her be a founding member of Northwest Intentional Communities Association where she served several terms on its board of directors, including one as President. She also served as the first President of the Board for Homestead Community Land Trust in the 1990s, Seattle’s first housing land trust and nonprofit housing developer, providing opportunities for low-to moderate-income people to have home ownership.
Throughout the years since then she’s coordinated several significant grassroots events including Northwest Co-opportunities: A Sustainable Communities Conference, and other large gatherings such as Sacred Activism, Sustainable Cascadia’s Convergence and a Northwest Social Forum. In the height of the Occupy Movement, she directed her energy to the Get Money Out of Politics Working Group, being a lead coordinator for a rally and march in downtown Seattle, marking the anniversary of Citizens United in January 2012.
She has worked on several Green Party campaigns, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Green Party of Seattle. Syd is a professional conference coordinator at the University of Washington by day, and is engaged in being an events advisor, gardener and community builder in her spare time.

Evelyn McChesney
Evelyn.McChesney.2014As Chief Counsel, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of General Counsel, Region X, Evelyn managed an office of eleven people. She represented agencies within DHHS in administrative hearings, Federal Court Litigation, and counseled the agencies within DHHS – particularly focusing on Medicare and fraud and abuse in the health care programs.
She served as a Board Member of the Group Health Foundation , and as a participant in Public Citizen’s campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. Evelyn chairs the WPC volunteer and board development Committee.

Eric Oemig

Staff – executive director

Alice Woldt
Alice retired as co-director of Faith Action Network in 2012. She has served as Executive Director of the Washington Association of Churches, the Church Council of Greater Seattle and Seattle Alliance for Good jobs and housing for Everyone (SAGE.)  A former teacher in Illinois, she did graduate work in education at Northern Illinois University and after moving to Seattle, received her MPA from Seattle University.
She is known in the larger community for her activism on many peace and justice issues. As a former candidate for the legislature she experienced first-hand the need for campaign funding reform.

ADVISORY board members

Nancy Amidei – A writer, teacher, and advocate, Nancy, semi-retired, has been long involved in social policy from both inside and outside government. A former Director of the Food Research and Action Center (a national anti-hunger group) she also served in the Carter administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the federal Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now DHHS).
Dave Asher – His broad community involvement includes serving as a Kirkland City Council member since 2000. Dave was the Chair of the North Rose Hill Neighborhood Association and co-chair of the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods. Dave recently retired from the University of Washington, where he was the CFO for the UW’s Professional and Continuing Education.
Lolly Bates – A longtime WPC volunteer, Lolly is from Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Dartmouth College. She and her husband Mark Early both volunteer for political campaigns, social service groups, and good government organizations. Lolly and Mark recently traveled to Ethiopia and Uganda doing work for Weema International (www.weema.org) on clean water projects in rural villages, honoring the example of their parents: in a sea of troubles do what you can to help each person you find.
John Creighton – John is a business lawyer who practiced on the east coast and overseas prior to returning home to the Northwest, where he has served as Seattle Port Commissioner since 2006 with a focus on making the Port a more socially responsible public agency. John was legal counsel and a founding board member of Washington Public Campaigns, helping establish the organization and obtain nonprofit status.
Mike Denton – Rev. Mike Denton was ordained in 1999 after graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has been working in churches and religiously affiliated institutions for about 25 years. His positions have included working as a street-based outreach worker for youth, a housing rights activist, and a local pastor. He has been Conference Minister with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2008.
Mark Early – Mark is a semi-retired Embedded Computer Systems designer/programmer living in Seattle. He is involved in several progressive political organizations and is respectful of the life experience and views of all citizens involved in civic discourse. His valuable energy and expertise has supported Washington Public Campaigns on many projects having to do with new technology and media.
Rosa Franklin, RN – Raised in South Carolina, Rosa became Washington State’s first African American woman elected to the State Senate. In 2008 Senator Franklin sponsored the “Local Option Bill” that gave voters the choice of public financing for local election campaigns. A member of her staff has said, “Those of us who know her, love and respect her to the fullest, and believe she is a true beacon that others can follow.” She was Washington Public Campaign’s first legislative sponsor.
Adam Kline – A retired trial lawyer, Adam will soon retire after 18 years as the State Senator from the 37th Legislative District, serving south Seattle and part of Renton. Senator Kine has chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee for a total of twelve years, and is the prime sponsor of Senate Joint Memorial 8002 (2013) that would have put our state on record with Congress as favoring a Constitutional amendment specifically allowing states to regulate political campaign contributions.
Hubert G. Locke – Dean and professor emeritus of the Evans School at University of Washington, he is a former chair of the State Sentencing Guidelines Commission and member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He is a recipient of the ACLU William O. Douglas Award.
Mark McDermott – A lifelong activist for economic, social, racial justice, and peace, Mark currently works as an economic justice and labor educator with unions and a wide range of community based organizations. Mark’s workshops across the country focus on making the American Dream real for everyone and reclaiming our democracy for We the People. His website, www.markmmcdermott.com offers videos and other free materials. He currently serves on the board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement.
Bonnie Mager – A resident of Spokane for 27 years, Bonnie co-founded KYRS Community Radio and the Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County, and served as Eastern Washington Coordinator for the Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and more recently for I-1329. She was a Spokane County Commissioner from 2007-2010 and is currently running again for the same position.
Dorothy Mann, PhD, MPH – A woman of many and diverse accomplishments, Dorothy is the retired Regional Health Administrator of Region X, US Public Health Service, and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, UW School of Public Health. Dorothy has been a civic/arts activist for the 35 years she has lived in Seattle, and now serves on Mayor Ed Murray’s Transition Committee.
James Street – A lawyer with a long history of political activism, Jim served as a King County Superior Court Justice and as a Seattle City Councilperson for over ten years. He was instrumental in creating the system of public funding that Seattle pioneered in the early 1980’s. Now retired, Jim serves as a board member of The Defender Association, a non-profit public defender agency in King County, and is working on overturning Citizens United through a Constitutional amendment