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The Commission on African American Affairs was created in Washington State law in 1992 under RCW 43.113. We are in the Executive Branch of state government and report directly to the Governor. The Commission has a nine-member, volunteer board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor. He also selects the chair of our board, while the board elects the vice-chair.  Board members may choose to chair subcommittees and/or advisory roundtables.  All of our board members serve at the Governor's pleasure. 

The Commission also has two paid staff, an Executive Director and an Executive Assistant.

Board member biographies are linked at the left of this page.

Representing Term
Chairman, Commissioner Franklin Donahoe Snohomish County Second Term: Reappointed November 2013
Term Expires:November, 2016
Commissioner Al Herron, MSEE King County First Term; Appointed January 2015
Term Expires:November, 2017
Commissioner De'Sean Quinn South King County Second Term; Appointed December 2015
Term Expires:December, 2018
Commissioner Dolly England Southwest Washington First Term: Appointed August 4, 2015
Term Expires:November, 2017
Commissioner Dorian Waller Pierce County First Term: Appointed December 5th, 2013
Term Expires:December, 2016
Commissioner Dr. James B. Smith King County First Term: Appointed January 2015
Term Expires:November, 2017
Commissioner Sandy Williams Eastern Washington Second Term: Reappointed December 2015
Term Expires:November, 2018
Commissioner Sara Franklin-Phillips South King County Second Term; Reappointed December 2015
Term Expires:November, 2018
Commissioner Sheila Reed Trahan Tri-Cities Third Term: Reappointed November 2013
Term Expires:November, 2016