BLAIR BUTTERWORTH, Political Consultant, is based in the Northwest and has been providing consulting services to candidate and issue campaigns for more than three decades. Washington clients have included Governors Dixy Lee Ray and Gary Locke, Congressman Jim McDermott, Mike Kreidler (as Insurance Commissioner and Congressman), State Auditor Bob Graham, Mike Lowry, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, Tacoma Mayor Karen Vialle, Superintendent of Public Instruction Judith Billings, and dozens of legislators, including 26th LD State Representatives Pat Lantz (2002) and Larry Seaquist (2006, 2008).
In addition, Blair has worked for a number of statewide and local ballot initiatives on issues ranging from education to women’s right to choice, parks and open space, hand gun control, gay rights, transportation, and marijuana policy. In 2008, working with former Governor Booth Gardner, Blair guided the I-1000 campaign, making Washington the second state in the U.S. to adopt a Death with Dignity Act.
A graduate of Princeton University, Blair was on the original 1961 staff of the Peace Corps and served in the Johnson Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He first came to Seattle in 1965 as Regional Supervisor of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. He moved here permanently in 1973 when he established the Health Policy Analysis Program at the University of Washington. He is very active in public education issues and helped found the League of Education Voters.
MARK COOKE, Policy Advisor, is a Policy Advocate with the ACLU of Washington working on drug policy issues. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 with a law degree and a master’s in social work. While in St. Louis, he worked at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health researching drug policy issues, including methamphetamine laws and needle exchange programs. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mark practiced family law in Seattle. Before going to graduate school, he worked in the foster care system in San Diego and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Atlanta. Mark believes Washington's marijuana laws should be reformed because the current criminal laws have failed and do more harm than good. Despite arresting thousands of individuals for marijuana crimes each year, the drug is as prevalent as ever and usage rates remain relatively constant. It's time to regulate and tax marijuana.
LIEZL TOMAS REBUGIO, Constituency Advisor, is the Field Director of the ACLU of Washington. Liezl oversees the statewide mobilization of ACLU supporters on priority issues, supports the ACLU-WA's network of activists, and develops links with other civil rights and community-based organizations across the state. Previously, Rebugio was the Anti-Trafficking Project Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), where she worked with Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities across the country to raise the visibility of human trafficking in API communities. Liezl supports New Approach Washington because of its efforts to end the devastating impacts of criminalizing marijuana, especially in communities of color. The legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana is an important step towards ending racial disparity in our criminal justice system. Liezl is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Washington.
BRIAN ROBICK, Technology and Online Communications Advisor, has been working at the intersection of technology, advocacy, and civil liberties since 2006. He is currently the Director of Information Technology and Online Communications and a Senior Policy Strategist at the ACLU of Washington.
Brian was drawn to New Approach Washington and its work to legalize and regulate cannabis because our current laws result in thousands of felony convictions, wasting law enforcement resources, and filling our prisons with non-violent offenders. Furthermore, those convicted under these failed policies could potentially lose access to federal financial aid for college, making it harder for our youth to succeed later in life. This denies our communities the countless contributions that these people would have made for the advancement of all Washingtonians.
Brian earned his master’s degree from Columbia University and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, where he specialized in the history of U.S. and Canadian urban planning and policy in the 20th century.
JENNIFER SHAW, Constituency Advisor, is the Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Her work includes coordinating the state and local policy advocacy efforts of the Legislative and Field Departments, as well as the ACLU-WA programs on Drug Policy, Technology and Liberty, and Education Equity. Before joining the ACLU, Jennifer was a trial attorney with the firm of Aoki & Sakamoto, representing individuals in criminal defense, personal injury, civil rights, and discrimination cases. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association where she first encountered our nations disastrous “War on Drugs.” Jennifer has been active in state and local bar associations, presented at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars and served on the King County Sheriff’s Blue Ribbon Panel and Seattle Mayor’s Panel on Police Accountability. She received her BA from the University of Washington and is a 1987 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law where she continues to mentor law students and serve on the Law Alumni Board.