Monthly Archives: November 2018

Wellman to lead Senate Education Committee in 2019

November 28th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) will retain her role as chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee when the Senate convenes for the 2019 legislative session.

Wellman, a former educator, was first chosen by her colleagues in 2018 to lead the committee responsible for crafting policy that affects more than 1.1 million school-aged children in the state.

“We need to focus on the entire education continuum and I am excited to be part of an effort to re-structure education from the inside out so it aligns with our 21st Century economy,” Wellman said. “We need to make sure we are integrating new career pathways for our kids to succeed and prosper right here in Washington state. I also look forward to working with our state’s dedicated educators to make progress on school safety, student mental health, and support for our students with special needs.”

For the past eight months, Wellman has served with the state task force responsible for recommending policies to increase the career and college readiness of public school students: Career Connect Washington. This summer she visited all nine Educational Service Districts across the state to meet with educators and discuss strategies to improve school safety, student outcomes and digital parity.

Wellman, a former Apple executive, will also serve on the Higher Education & Workforce Development and Labor & Commerce Committees.

“We need think about the whole system and integrate that learning continuum from birth through to career. We need to review every touchpoint and make sure it’s working,” Wellman said.

Democrats will likely hold a 28-21 majority in the Washington State Senate next year, giving Senate Democrats the power to set the agendas of Senate committees and floor action, determining which bills will be heard and brought up for votes. Wellman will also continue on the Energy, Climate and Technology committee.

The 2019 Legislature convenes on Jan. 14.

Wellman honored for her work supporting the arts

November 16th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – State Senator Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, has been recognized for her leadership and support of arts and cultural heritage in Washington state.

Wellman received the 2018 Cultural Advocacy Award from the Washington State Arts Alliance in Olympia this week as senators returned to the capitol for Assembly Committee Days.

During her tech career, Lisa headed the creative markets for Apple worldwide and has developed her own art as a photographer. She is a longtime supporter of regional arts and culture in Washington.

“Arts and culture have always been an essential part of my life. We have a talented and dedicated arts community here in the Northwest and with our focus on STEM, it’s ever more important that we recognize and foster creativity,” Wellman said.

Wellman was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission in 2017. Created in 1961 to promote the public value of art, the commission focuses on nurturing new leaders, strengthening arts education, and building community participation.

“We know how beneficial arts education can be for our students and in our communities,” Wellman said. “I’m so proud to be on a team dedicated to such a worthy goal. We must continue to remind each other of the power of art, especially for young developing minds.”

Wellman will likely return as chair of the Senate Education Committee when the 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 14.

Wellman honored by state’s principals

November 2nd, 2018|

Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, was honored by the state’s school principals for her leadership at the state level. The Torch of Leadership Award honors individuals serving in the Washington state government who have demonstrated outstanding support of principals. The award was
established in 2009.

Senator Lisa Wellman is the winner of AWSP’s 2018 Torch of Leadership Award. Senator Wellman is a Democrat representing the 41st Legislative District which serves Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah. Each year, AWSP’s Advocacy Committee has the opportunity to select a state-level public servant who has demonstrated support of principals and the principalship in the education of all students.
Senator Wellman’s commitment to education is reflected in her connection to her local school districts as well as to the attention she pays to issues across our state.
Senator Wellman serves as the chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee as well as on the Economic Development & Trade Committee; Energy, Environment & Technology Committee; and the Transportation Committee. She gets high marks from her community for being supportive of her schools and programs since she regularly attends district events and legislative linkage sessions with the School Board. Senator Wellman stays in touch with her constituents and uses social media to provide others with an inside view of what’s going on in Olympia. This spring and summer, she has been on a listening tour around the state on the topic of school safety.
Prior to her work as a legislator and as an executive in technology and marketing, Senator Wellman was a public school teacher. She is a thoughtful, kind, and dynamic person to work with as well as a passionate advocate for students.