About Us

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for Green River College is composed of influential community members who reside within the college's District 10 service area. Trustees are volunteers serving a five-year term by appointment of the Governor.

Trustees bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and skills to the governance of Green River College; they serve as an important communication link between the college and the community. All trustees sit as members of the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges. This association is comprised of trustees from the 34 community and technical colleges statewide.

The Green River Board of Trustees meets every third Thursday of the month on campus in the board room of the Administration Building. These monthly meetings are open to the public.

The Board Members:

Claudia Kauffman

Claudia Kauffman

Board Chair, 2016 - Present, Board Vice Chair 2014-2015; Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Former Washington State Senator, Legislative District #47. Community Liaison, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. Northwest Indian College. Board member, Washington State Early Learning Advisory Committee; member, Thrive by Five Board of Directors; member, First Place Board of Directors.

Appointed January 2011

Tim Clark

Tim Clark

Board Vice-Chair 2016 - Present; Clark served 16 years on Kent City Council, was Director of the Kent School District from 2010-13, and taught for 28 years in the Bremerton, Edmonds and Kent school districts. Clark also served as an adjunct faculty member at Highline Community College and Green River College. He helped develop the partnership between Green River and the Kent School district resulting in the iGrad Program. The iGrad program was formed under pioneering state legislation that uses existing dollars to help at risk students graduate high school and gain visible access to higher education.

Appointed January 2015

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis

Board Chair 2014-2016; Board Vice Chair 2013-14, Mayor, City of Auburn, 2002 - 2013. Former work experience: City Council member, City of Auburn. Current: Chair, Economic Development and Infrastructure subcommittee, Association of Washington Cities; Vice Chair, King County Regional Policy Committee; Board Member, South County Area Transportation Board; Member, Valley Communications Center, Suburban Cities Association; Board Member, Green River Valley Flood Control District.

Appointed December 2011

Linda Cowan

Linda Cowan

Board Chair 2013-14, Board Vice Chair 2012-13, 2011-12; Retired Superintendent of Schools, Auburn School District. Med University of Washington; BA in Education Western Washington University. Auburn Rotary, Past President, Secretary and Scholarship Committee Chair; PEO Auburn Chapter; Communities In Schools, Advisory Board: PTA, Lifetime member. White River Valley Museum, Board Chair; Auburn Valley YMCA, Board member; Washington Association of School Administrators, member; Association of Washington School Principals, Legislative Committee Chair.

Appointed January 2011

Sharonne Navas

Sharonne Navas

Co-Founder and current Executive Director of the Equity in Education Coalition. Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Former work experience: Community organizer with Stand for Children, Executive Director of Para Los Ninos, Assistant Director of Development for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Deputy Executive Director for Ayuda, Inc., and Development Coordinator for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Currently, she is on the steering committee of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and the board of Reading Partners Seattle. Ms. Navas sits on the Every Student Succeeds Act Accountability Workgroup as well as several workgroups for the Professional Educators Standards Board. Sharonne is currently a member of the advocacy caucus, community network steering committee and sponsors group of the Road Map Project of CCER.

Ms. Navas was a volunteer for the South King Council on Human Services and was a Board member of the League for Education Voters. She was an advisory member for the Thrive by Five Advancing Racial Equity Theory of Change in Early Learning as well as a committee member of the WA State Education Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.

Sharonne holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from St. John’s University.

Appointed March 2016