Engage Locally

Engage Locally

Sustainable housing solutions will only be possible through a mix of individual, grassroots, organizational, and government-focused action. See how you can engage in housing solutions, strengthen our vitality, and foster a thriving community for all. 


Government/Policy Focused

  • Tell our City Councilors and County Commissioners affordable housing is a priority! [see Advocate Page]
  • Attend government meetings, learn the process, and make your voice heard!
    • Sign up for Engage PT (Port Townsend) emails
    • View agendas and meeting Recordings (See below)
  • Join one of the many governmental commissions or boards listed below


Government Bodies

City of Port Townsend

Updates: Engage PT
Meeting Calendar: meeting calendar
Agenda/Minutes: Agendas, Minutes, Videos 
Municipal Code: PT Code
Ordinances: 1878 through present
Public Comment: publiccomment.fillout.com/cityofpt


City Manager: John Mauro
Department of Planning and Community Development
Director: Emma Bolin
Contact Info: Planning Department Staff Directory

City Council

[elected - receives stipend]
      • David Faber (Mayor)
      • Amy Howard (Deputy Mayor)
      • Owen Rowe
      • Aislinn Diamanti
      • Libby Wennstrom 
      • Monica MickHager 
      • Ben Thomas

Planning Commission

[council appointed - volunteer]
      • Rick Jahnke (Chair)
      • Samantha Bair-Jones (Vice Chair)
      • Lois Stanford  
      • Neil Nelson
      • Viki Sonntag
      • Robert Doyle
      • Andreas Andreadis


Other Commissions

[volunteer or assigned]
  • Arts Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Climate Action Committee
  • Equity, Access, and Rights Advisory Board
  • Financial Sustainability Task Force
  • Fort Worden Public Development Authority
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Parks, Recreation, Trees and Trails Advisory Board

Jefferson County

Updates: ‘Notify Me
Meeting Calendar: Calendar
Agenda/Minutes: Current and Past
Municipal Code: JC Code
Public Comment: 
Districts (D): Map


Department of Community Development
Josh Peters
Chief Strategy Officer: Brent Butler
Contact Info: Staff Directory

County Commissioners

[elected - salaried]
      • Kate Dean, D1
      • Heidi Eisenhower, D2
      • Greg Brotherton, D3

Planning Commission

[commissioner appointed - volunteer]
      • Kevin Coker, D1
      • Cynthia Koan, D1
      • Ahren Stroming D1
      • Matt Sircely, V.Chair, D2
      • LD Richert, D2
      • Michael Shultz, D2
      • Richard Hull, Chair, D3
      • Chris Llewellyn, D3
      • Michael Nilssen, D3

Other Commissions

[volunteer or assigned]
  • Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
  • Board of Equalization
  • Board of Health
  • Budget Committee
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Clean Water District Advisory Council
  • Climate Action Committee
  • Conservation Futures Fund Citizen Oversight Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
  • Ferry Advisory Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Gardiner Community Center Board of Directors
  • Housing Fund Board
  • Intergovernmental Collaborative Group
  • Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee
  • LEOFF1 Retirement Disability Board
  • Library District Board of Trustees
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Council (LTAC)
  • Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee
  • North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Peninsula Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
  • Public Infrastructure Fund Board (PIF)
  • Jefferson County Risk Management Committee
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Tourism Coordinating Council

Washington Legislature


Senator: Kevin Van De Wege
Representative: Mike Chapman
Representative: Steve Tharinger

Federal Legislature

Updates: Congress.gov
District: Congressional District 6


Congressman: Derek Kilmer
Senator: Maria Cantwell
Senator: Patty Murray