Gregoire Appoints Daughter To Seattle Community Colleges Board

Monday, November 26, 2012

Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed her daughter, Courtney Gregoire, to the board of trustees for Seattle Community Colleges.

Gregoire made the appointment Oct. 29, although it was not announced by the college district until Tuesday. Governor's spokesman Jason Kelly, responding by email, wrote that the younger Gregoire — she is 33 — "has more than ample experience to serve on this community college board."

Courtney Gregoire is an attorney with Microsoft, and has worked as a legislative director in the U.S. Senate and deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She received her law degree from Harvard, and she is "passionate about education policy," Kelly wrote. He said she had to apply for the position, like other candidates.

Trustees serve for five years, usually meet about once a month and receive no compensation for the work except for expenses, although the post can be a way to burnish a civic résumé.

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