OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Anne Haley to the Washington State Transportation Commission. Her appointment is effective immediately. A native of Tacoma, former resident of Yakima and current resident of Walla Walla, Haley has a wealth of experience serving on private, public and non-profit boards and commissions.
Haley chairs the board of directors for Brown & Haley in Tacoma. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and University of Washington. Haley worked as a librarian for many years, including 20 years as library director in Walla Walla and five years as the director of the Yakima Valley Regional Library. In addition to leadership roles in several community organizations in Walla Walla, Haley has served as chair of the Washington State Library Commission, president of the Washington Library Association and president of the Northwest Library Association.
“Through my professional work in library management across the northwest, my experience overseeing a Tacoma-based family business that ships its product worldwide, and the very different challenges and needs my husband and I have in shipping wheat to market from the family ranch, I know first-hand the importance and diversity of Washington’s transportation system,” said Haley. “Transportation is fundamental to our state’s economic competitiveness, to the safe and timely movement of goods and people, and to the responsible utilization of resources, such as time, air quality and fuel.”
The Transportation Commission is an independent body made up of seven members appointed by the Governor, representing various regions of the state. The commission provides a public forum for transportation policy development, assesses how the entire transportation system works across the state, and provides policy and fiscal guidance to the Governor and State Legislature. The commission also develops the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan and serves as the state tolling authority, setting tolls for state highways and bridges and fares for Washington State Ferries.