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After graduating from Central Washington University in 2005, where he majored in political science and geography and land studies, David moved to Washington, D.C., and interned for the American Political Science Association and U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell. He was also one of the original field organizers for Barack Obama in the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses. He  worked a statewide campaign for Attorney General and on the Denny Heck for Congress campaign.

David spends his time outside of Olympia studying to be a lawyer as a law clerk at Sadler Ladenburg, PLLC in Tacoma and is enrolled in the APR 6 Law Clerk program through the Washington State Bar Association. He was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2012 and currently represents the 29th Legislative District (S Tacoma, Lakewood, Parkland, Spanaway, and Frederickson).


Tristin Sullivan doubled majored in Law & Justice and Political Science from CWU and graduated in 2009. She then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. During law school, she served as technical editor for Thomas Jefferson Law Review. Tristin also worked as a mentor for the law school Academic Success Program where students who under-performed during their first year of law school were placed in structured study groups and provided feedback on practice questions by mentors. She graduated from law school in December 2009. She graduated summa cum laude and was the class valedictorian. Upon graduation, Tristin returned to Washington State. She took and passed the February 2014 WA Bar Exam. She currently works as an attorney for DSHS - Division of Child Support representing the state in child support matters.



Carol Smoots graduated from Central Washington University, B.A., summa cum laude and went on to attend Williamette University College of Law earning her JD. Carol has more than 25 years of energy industry experience. She represented energy companies in regulatory proceedings before federal and state regulatory bodies as well as in domestic and international energy transactions. Carol regularly provides energy counseling on contracts, utility rates, regulatory compliance issues, Independent System Operator rules, FERC enforcement actions and regulatory appeals. She also represented energy companies on the construction and operation of energy projects, including interconnection issues, transmission access and regulatory compliance. She is now a Retired Partner at Pierce Atwood, LLP. 


After Jake Stillwell graduated, he worked as Communications Director for the United States Student Association in Washington, DC, which is a nonprofit organizing which advocates on behalf of college students, from 2009 - 2011. We helped pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act and secure funding for the Pell Grant. From 2011-2014 Jake was a student at Gonzaga Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review and graduated summa cum laude. Jake currently works as a law clerk for Judge Justin L. Quackenbush at the U.S. District Court in Spokane.


Staci West graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, double majoring in political science and print journalism, in 1994. She immediately participated in a fellowship at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla., and then worked as a reporter at newspapers near Seattle for three years. In 1998, she joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory in Richland, Wash. In her 17 years at PNNL, Staci has led national media outreach, coordinated U.S. Energy Secretary visits, supported Congressional outreach strategies, managed media and community relations functions, and led public relations campaigns. She currently manages public relations for a research facility at PNNL specializing in molecular-scale research. She's a member of the board of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. She previously served a term on the CWU Alumni Association Board.


Kwame Amoateng graduated from CWU in 1999 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Journalism. Immediately following graduation, he attended Seattle University School of Law and graduated in 2002. He has been a member of the Washington State Bar since 2003.  Kwame joined the litigation office at Safeco Insurance in Tacoma and worked there for one year. From Safeco, he joined the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services where he worked for three years as a Legal Benefits Attorney before joining the federal government. For the past eight years, Kwame has worked as an attorney with the U.S. Government.  He has served on the board of the Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee. He has also served on the board of Lumana, a Microfinancing and Microphilantropy organization serving rural farmers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. Kwame lives in Seattle.


Austin Benham graduated with the class of 2011 with a BA in history, and BA in political science. While at Central he worked as a member of the CWU chapter of the Washington Students Association, and served the history department as a member of the Student Academic Senate.

Upon graduation Austin began work as a grassroots organizer for the CA Democratic Party, and shortly became the project director for their Oakland field office. Heading into 2012 he moved into electoral politics as a professional political operative, specializing in campaign finance. Over the next few years he worked on two top 10 congressional races, the only Special Senate race of 2013, and served as the Finance Director for a county executive race in Montgomery County Maryland. Austin developed a niche for working in the fourth quarter of campaigns under tight deadlines on high profile races. Collectively he helped raise over $6,000,000 for his candidates. 

After three years of crisscrossing the country Austin decided to hang up the political cap, and returned home to Washington State. He now works in customer service for Toll Brothers Inc. America’s premier luxury home builder, and is looking forward to a new role in project management starting shortly. He still enjoys politics, and studies history as a hobby.


Susan B. Adams, JD graduated from Central Washington University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  Immediately following graduation from Central, she attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law), earning a Juris Doctorate degree in 1990.  Susan was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1990 and spent the first fourteen years of her career working in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.  During her years as a prosecutor, she served as a Division Chief, the Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit, a Felony Trial Team Chief and a Felony trial lawyer.   For the past ten years, Susan has worked as the Director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in Tacoma.  The Family Justice Center is a collaboration of community and criminal justice agencies working to serve victims of domestic violence and their children by providing comprehensive services in one central location.

Susan speaks both locally and nationally about domestic violence and her work with the Family Justice Center.  She serves on the Washington State Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Advisory Group.   She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County (Class XIV).  She is an active member of Tacoma Rotary #8 and also serves on the board of St. Francis House in Puyallup.


Kyle Alm graduated from Central with a BA in Political Science and BS in Public Policy in 2002. Served as Legislative Liaison in 1997-98 and helped pass the bill that added a voting student to the Board of Trustees. Served as Vice-President of Political Affairs for ASCWU in 1998-99 and helped secure design funding for the music building. Ran a handful of campaigns including legislative races, Congress, and a public/private partnership for NASCAR in Kitsap County. Also served as a faithful bureaucrat at the Jefferson County Department of Community Development in the Lang-Range Planning Department. He currently owns SEO Bandwagon, focusing on WordPress development and Internet Marketing in Seattle consulting with businesses, non-profits, artists, and campaigns.



Logan Bahr

Logan Bahr grew up in Tacoma and now resides in Olympia. He graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2011. While at Central, he served on the Board of Trustees as Student Trustee from 2010-2011. He currently works in advocacy, policy, and communication for the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, a statewide association representing the interests of law enforcement officers. In his free time, he chairs Graduate Washington PAC, a non-partisan higher education advocacy group. He is actively pursuing his MA of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.  While, technically, he is both a Central Wildcat and an Evergreen Geoduck, his true allegiance will always reside with the Ellensburg campus.