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Katie Whittier represents CFM’s clients in Olympia, advocating their priorities before the Washington State Legislature. She brings a depth of experience in strategic communications and client advocacy developed over two decades working in public relations, political organizing and community engagement. Her career began with campaign work, including President Barack Obama’s 2008 primary race and U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s 2010 re-election. She went on to direct outreach in both Southwest Washington and King County for Senator Murray, after which she honed her communications skills serving in-house and in consulting roles to ports, cities, transportation agencies, workforce and economic development organizations, nonprofits and small businesses. An Idaho native, she holds degrees in Sociology and Music from the University of Idaho. She now lives with her husband and stepson in the South Sound region where she can easily escape to Mount Rainier National Park to hike, camp and gather inspiration. [Secret ambition: To own a retreat center on acreage with stunning views where burnt-out introverts can find the solitude we all crave.]