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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 Executive Assistant.

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

Representing Term
Chairman, Commissioner Franklin Donahoe Snohomish County Third Term: Reappointed March 2018
Term Expires:November, 2019
Commissioner Andrea Caupain King County First Term: Appointed January 2018
Term Expires:November, 2020
Commissioner De'Sean Quinn South King County Third Term; Appointed December 2018
Term Expires:December, 2021
Commissioner Dorian Waller Pierce County Second Term: Reappointed May 15, 2017
Term Expires:November, 2019
Commissioner Dr. James B. Smith King County Second Term: Reappointed January 2018
Term Expires:November, 2020
Commissioner Sara Franklin-Phillips South King County Third Term; Reappointed December 2018
Term Expires:November, 2021
Commissioner Sheila Reed Trahan Tri-Cities Third Term: Reappointed May 15, 2017
Term Expires:November, 2019
Commissioner Will Howard Pierce County First Term; Appointed January 2018
Term Expires:November, 2020
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