Inslee appoints Linden Rhoads and re-appoints Blaine Tamaki to University of Washington Board of Regents

Today Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Linden Rhoads and the reappointment of Blaine Tamaki to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Rhoads’ term begins October 24, 2022 and ends September 30, 2028. Tamaki’s new term ends September 30, 2028. The Board of Regents oversees, coordinates, administers, and regulates the university.

Rhoads is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor in Seattle’s technology and life science sectors. She has been a co-founder or director or interim CEO of several successful startups in Seattle. She received her law degree from UW in 2000 and then served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the UW School of Law, on the UW Computer Science and Engineering Steering Committee on the construction of the Paul Allen Center, on the Board of Directors of the Henry Art Gallery, on the Board of Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School and on the board of the CleanTech Alliance. As Vice Provost of Commercialization for six years, she created many of the programs that help UW researchers create businesses around their innovations. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Committee on Advanced Tuition Payment and College Savings, which oversees Washington’s GET and 529 college savings plans. She is also very active in reproductive care and access in Washington state and nationally.

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“Linden’s unique lived experiences and deep commitment to the University of Washington will make her a dedicated and effective Regent,” said Inslee. “She recognizes the tremendous opportunities that education offers for people affected by poverty and has been a steadfast advocate for Washington’s clean energy future. She is an enduring force for good and I appreciate her continued service to our state and our students.”

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“I am honored to have been selected by Governor Inslee to be Regent of the University of Washington. The university and its incredible medical system have had so much impact on my life and my family, our community and the world. I believe in UW’s mission and look forward to bringing my experience to help them meet their challenges and achieve their big goals,” said Rhoads.

Rhoads takes over from outgoing Regent Bill Ayers.

“I truly appreciate Bill’s decades of leadership and service on the Board of Regents. He has done a lot to make UW and the community a place of excellence,” said Inslee.

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Tamaki has served on the University of Washington Board of Regents since 2017. Tamaki’s legal work includes representing more than 300 Native American children sexually abused in religious shelters throughout the Northwest, public safety and protecting foster children. He was Vice President of the Washington State Association of Justice and received the 2012 Washington State Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

“Blaine has been an excellent member of the board and I appreciate his willingness to continue to serve,” said Inslee. “His passion for equality and his strong roots at the University of Washington, makes him the instrumental regent. Thank you for your work so far and I look forward to your continuation on the Board.”


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