Coordinating Council

Thurston Thrives is overseen by a 24-member public-private Coordinating Council comprised of representatives from: funders (non-governmental), business, action teams/hubs, local government, and education, as well as two members at large.

As the leadership of this network, the Coordinating Council serves as platform to advance the innovative actions of the teams and helps inform regional policies.

Its core functions are to:

  • Foster continuous communication between Council, staff, and Action Teams/Hubs, and support the advancement of Thurston Thrives strategies and goals;
  • Identify community needs, gaps and opportunities;
  • Review data and measures of progress;
  • Set strategic goals for system and process improvement;
  • Pursue resources to support Thurston Thrives strategy implementation; and
  • Help with engaging the wider community and maintaining high level of public awareness of the actions being done to further Thurston Thrives.

When do we meet?

Third Monday of every month, at 3pm


The EDC Center for Business & Innovation

4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Meet our Coordinating Council
David Schaffert
Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
Schelli Slaughter
Public Health Representative
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
Chris Wells
Philanthropy Representative
United Way of Thurston County
Tye Menser
Government Representative
Thurston County Commissioner
Nathaniel Jones
Government Representative
City of Olympia Mayor Pro Tem
Michael Althauser
Government Representative
City of Tumwater Councilmember
Carolyn Cox
Government Representative
City of Lacey Councilmember
Terry Kaminski
Government Representative
City of Yelm Councilmember
Jonathan Stephenson
Government Representative
City of Rainier Councilmember
Doug DeForest
Business Representative
Thurston Transit Oriented Development
Mindie Reule
Philanthropy Representative
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Tanya Mote
Education Representative
South Puget Sound Community College Foundation
Peter Brennan
Philanthropy Representative
Providence St. Peter Foundation
Erin Hall
Member at Large

Olympia Master Builders

Derek Harris
Housing Action Team
Community Youth Services
Michael Cade
The Economic Development Council
Meghan Sullivan
Education & Resilience
Jon Tunheim
Public Safety & Justice
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Karen Messmer
Community Design Action Team
Olympia Safe Streets
Chris Hawkins
Climate & Clean Energy
Public Health and Social Services
Celeste Wade
Food Action Team
South Sound Food System Network