SNOHOMISH COUNTY, August 29, 2022-Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced the hiring of Stephanie Wright as Executive Policy Officer for Snohomish County. In this role, she will focus on the county’s federal and state legislative priorities, develop and implement important policy goals, including the integration of the Snohomish Health District, help educate regional organizations, and maintain strong relationships. with cities, tribes and other partners.
“Stephanie has a sharp mind and extensive experience in all policy areas important to the residents of Snohomish County,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “Stephanie led the board of health during the pandemic, served as board chair for many years, and knows county government inside out. I want leaders in our office who can not only solve problems, but also make sure county government works for everyone.
“I am delighted to take on this new role within Snohomish County. It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent the people of my district on County Council, and I look forward to continuing to serve the needs of all who call Snohomish County home,” said board member Wright. “We have many challenges ahead as we work to increase public safety, solve the affordable housing crisis, protect our critical areas and prepare for a new generation of public transit options. We are tackling these challenges head-on to strengthen our community and economy and improve the quality of life for all of our residents.
Snohomish County Councilor Stephanie Wright (D), representing the 3rd District, will officially announce her resignation today after 12 years serving on the county council – the longest serving current member. She will take up her new duties on August 30, 2022.
“Stéphanie has been a pragmatic and sensible voice on the county council. It was an honor to work with her and an even greater honor to call her a friend. She will be greatly missed and will leave big shoes to fill.” Councilman Nate Nehring told the Lynnwood Times.
Wright was appointed to the seat on August 24, 2010, following the election of incumbent Mike Cooper as Mayor of Edmonds on July 23. The council, at the time, unanimously selected Wright for the position above Edmonds Councilor DJ Wilson and Lynnwood Community Advocate Maria Ambalada.
“I am honored to work on behalf of my constituents to keep Snohomish County a great place to live, work and play,” Wright said after his appointment to the board.
In 2019, Wright won his third term against fellow Democratic candidate Willie Russell with 82.82% of the vote. So far, there are no confirmed candidates to fill the rest of his term, which ends in early 2023.
During her 12-year long career in county service, Councilor Wright told the Lynnwood Times that she was very proud of the following contributions her efforts have made to the people of Snohomish County:
- Bringing the 777x line to Snohomish County, where its efforts involved two trips to Dubai, and it was on the ground at the Dubai Airshow when the deal was announced
- Leading the Snohomish Health District as President during the Pandemic and the Oso Mudslide Tragedy
- Act as Chairman of WSAC and represent not only the county, but all 39 counties in Washington State and Washington D.C.
- Pioneered some of the most significant land and open space purchases, such as Japanese Gulch, Meadowdale Ridge and Eastside Rail corridor, to name a few
- Community Transit Buses Green and Orange Rapid Transit Lines
Prior to joining county council, Wright served on Lynnwood City Council defeating Robin Dode for the 5th position seat in 2008. During her time on Lynnwood City Council, she served as vice-chairman of the council, held a seat on the finance and insurance committee. , served as the council’s liaison to parks, recreation and cultural arts and was vice president of the transportation benefits district.
As a Snohomish County Councilor, Wright has served as Council Chair, Chair of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, Chair of the Snohomish County Health District Council, Chair of the Community Transportation Board, Community Transportation Task Force, Aerospace, Accommodation Tax Advisory Committee, Conservation Futures Board, WA State Emergency Management Council, Central Puget Sound Economic Development District Board, Legislative Steering Committee, Vice Chair of the International Economic Development Task Force, Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee, Large Urban County Caucus, and Veterans and Military Services Committee.
“Councilman Wright had a long and accomplished career as an elected official for Snohomish County,” Councilman Jared Mead told the Lynnwood Times. “I was fortunate to have her mentor when I first joined county council. I enjoyed the time I spent working with her as a peer and look forward to work with her in her new role in the Executive Office.
Born in Everett and a Lynnwood resident for 26 years, Stephanie Wright is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County. Before entering the world of politics, she worked as a teacher-librarian for the Northshore School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washington State University, a master of arts in education from Seattle Pacific University, and her library media specialist certificate from the University of Washington.
“It has been great working with Stephanie for almost six years. Obviously, we sometimes disagreed on the policy, but I always felt that she respected my opinion and my point of view,” Councilman Sam Low told the Lynnwood Times.
On Wednesday, August 24, Snohomish County Council presented Wright with a ten-year award for his service during its general legislative session. Coincidentally, the date fell on his 12th birthday.
“I just want to express how much I appreciate my co-workers and all of my co-workers,” Councilwoman Wright said. “I always imagined what this job would be like and it’s so much more than I ever dreamed of, being able to serve my community…it’s just too important to me.”