Coordinating Council

Thurston Thrives is overseen by a public-private Coordinating Council comprised of representatives from: business, action teams/hubs, local government, philanthropy and education, as well as two members at large. The purpose of the Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council is to promote and expand the infrastructure needed to support the action teams, so that as a collective, we can help inform regional policies and develop innovative actions to ensure Thurston County is a healthy place to live, work and play.

The Council does not serve as a board of trustees or directors, but rather as a coordinating body to facilitate the success of the Thurston Thrives initiative. The Coordinating Council’s core functions, supported by the Thurston Thrives Director and Fiscal Agent, are to measure, promote and sustain the initiative.

Its core functions include:

  • 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


Online Meeting

Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council Survey Results

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Thurston Thrives Action Team Updates, September 2020

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Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council Governance Document

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Meet our Coordinating Council
David Schaffert
Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
Chris Wells

United Way of Thurston County

Meghan Sullivan


Schelli Slaughter
Public Health Representative
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
Mindie Reule
Philanthropy Representative
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Carolina Mejia
Government Representative
Thurston County Commissioner
Michael Althauser
Government Representative
City of Tumwater Councilmember
Malcom Miller
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
Tanya Mote
Education Representative
South Puget Sound Community College Foundation
Peter Brennan
Member at Large
Providence St. Peter Foundation
Derek Harris
Housing Action Team
Community Youth Services
Michael Cade
The Economic Development Council
Jon Tunheim
Public Safety & Justice
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Karen Messmer
Community Design Action Team
Olympia Safe Streets
Chris Hawkins
Environment Action Team
Public Health and Social Services
Celeste Wade
Food Action Team
South Sound Food System Network
Trish Gregory
Partners for Children, Youth, and Families Action Team

Family Support Center fo South Sound

Clark Gilman
Government Representative
City of Olympia Councilmember