Faith Li Pettis

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On October 22, 2018 Governor Jay Inslee appointed Faith Li Pettis to the Western's Board of Trustees to a term through September 20, 2024. 

Pettis serves as bond counsel and outside counsel to state and local governments, with a primary focus on housing, education, and nonprofit finance. Her clients range from state agencies and housing authorities to local school districts and include the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the issuer of nonprofit, multifamily, and single-family bonds and the allocating agency for federal low-income housing tax credits in Washington State. She also represents the Washington State issuer of bonds for private colleges and universities.

Prior to Pacifica, Pettis practiced as a public finance attorney for 18 years with Preston Gates & Ellis and its successor firm, K&L Gates.

Pettis was appointed in 2015 by the Mayor of Seattle to co-chair the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability task force, which was charged with delivering a ten year plan to address housing affordability in the city. She was also appointed in 2012 by Governor Gregoire and served two terms as chair of the statewide Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Faith served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers ("NABL") from 2010 to 2011 and from 2012 to 2015, and as a Trustee for College Spark Washington, an education grant-making organization, from 2010 to 2016.

Pettis earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Russian Language and Russian/East European area studies and her law degree from Harvard Law School.