Senator Chase believes in education with multiple pathways to a successful future. She crafts economic development initiatives that lead to jobs and prosperity for all our communities founded upon principles that ensure that our children and grandchildren will have the resources necessary to meet their needs.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Maralyn and her daughter, Carin, operated a general and specialty contracting firm. Before entering the contracting field, Maralyn ran a job training and development program for disabled and disadvantaged citizens for five years.
While in graduate school at the University of Washington, Maralyn taught in the Political Science Department and in the Program for Social Theory. She also worked with the Seattle Urban League to bring open housing for all areas of Puget Sound as well as workforce training and employment programs for underserved members of our community.
Maralyn earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. She was honored by the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington as the Distinguished Alumni of 2008.
In the State Legislature, Maralyn presently serves the ranking member of the Trade & Economic Development Committee and serves on the Rules Committee and the Natural Resources & Parks Committee.
At the National Conference of State Legislatures Maralyn continues to serve on the Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Environment Committee. She was recently appointed to the Committee on Communications, Financial Services, and Interstate Commerce.
Maralyn is active in the civic life of the 32nd district. She is a board member of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, the Shoreline Solar Project and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
Maralyn is also a Washington State delegate to the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) and serves on the Advisory Council of the Labor Education and Research Center. She works with and supports the Friends of St Edward Park, the Friends of Fircrest and the 32nd District Democrats.
Maralyn has served on numerous boards, including Washington State Peace Action and the Seattle Indian Center. She is an associate member of OPEIU, Local 8.