EVERETT, Wash. – Nov. 17, 2021 – Washington State University (WSU) Everett has named Brenda White, manager of Local Government and External Affairs for Snohomish PUD, chair of the campus’ Advisory Council.
White’s two-year term began this fall. The 24-member council serves as an advisory board to WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre, with a special focus on deepening industry relationships and identifying opportunities to support North Puget Sound students.
“I’m looking forward to using my tenure to strengthen and connect WSU’s Everett campus and the Snohomish County region, two entities close to my heart,” White said.
White has worked for Snohomish PUD for 12 years with state and local government legislative lobbying focus. Prior to working at the consumer-owned power utility, she worked for Congress for nine years along with a few years working as a legislative aide at the Snohomish County Council. She has deep roots in the community, is married with two school-aged children, and is currently on a few not-for-profit boards in the area.
“Brenda brings an abundance of leadership experience from this region and tremendous energy to our work on behalf of current students and the generations of EverCougs to come,” chancellor Pitre said.
White succeeds Gary Baker of Lake Stevens. During Baker’s two years as chair, the advisory council: established a formal committee structure and bylaws that provide council members the ability to engage in an area of interest with their aligned skillset; maintained consistently high turnout at WSU systemwide Advisory Council Summits; launched an advisory council endowed scholarship with 100% council member participation; focused fundraising efforts on Giving Tuesday and CougsGive programs; and developed a stronger relationship with the WSU Foundation.
“Gary Baker is a true Coug, through and through. From his time a president of WSU Pullman’s student government to his leadership as chair of the WSU Everett Advisory Council, he bleeds crimson,” chancellor Pitre said. “Gary applied his vast leadership and legal skill to establish so much of what this council and campus is today. He has also displayed incredible generosity to our students, including funding an endowed scholarship for WSU Everett students.”