JEAN ROBINSON, Chair, is CFO of the Robinson Co., Inc., a construction management firm in downtown Seattle. She and her husband Kirk Robinson have owned this firm since 1985. They both had leadership roles in Initiative 119 (1991) – the Death with Dignity Initiative.
Jean has served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Washington for the last 12 years. She has been on the Executive Committee for the past 6 years, currently as Chair of the Development Committee.
Jean has taken a leadership role in this campaign because current marijuana policy clearly is not working. She would like to see Washington State lead the nation in reforming ineffective and unjust marijuana laws by passing Initiative 502. Jean’s 18-year-old daughter Sarah is working as an intern at the campaign headquarters this summer.
PHILIP E. LLOYD, Treasurer, is a freelance financial manager in Seattle. He seves as a contract CFO for non-profit organizations, political committees, startup ventures, and special projects. He has served as campaign treasurer for over 200 political and ballot measure committees. He is often called to serve companies experiencing difficulties, such as a shareholder dispute, a major cost over-run, or a workout situation with creditors. He also performs special financial analysis projects and financial systems planning and implementation.
Phil holds a bachelors degree in finance from Washington State University and is active in several professional, civic and arts organizations. He lives with his wife Karen in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, and they have two adult children. He has also just completed his tenth season as a baritone with the Seattle Symphony Chorale.
ALISON HOLCOMB, Campaign Director, is on loan from her position as Drug Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, she litigated in state and federal courts for more than a decade, emphasizing drug and civil asset forfeiture defense. Alison is a past vice-president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former chair of the Legal Frameworks Group of the King County Bar Association’s Drug Policy Project. She has served on the Seattle City Council’s I-75 Marijuana Policy Review Panel and its Jail Capacity Study Advisory Group, which examined the impact of alternative approaches to low-level drug offenses on jail use. Alison received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Holcomb and the ACLU believe that our nation’s misguided and costly "War on Drugs" has undermined civil liberties in many ways — eroding protections against unlawful searches and seizures, imposing overly harsh sentences on individuals, and disproportionately impacting communities of color. The ACLU of Washington Drug Policy Project works for policies that treat drug use as a public health concern, not a criminal justice matter, through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation.
TONIA S. WINCHESTER, Outreach Director, has been a prosecutor for the Cities of Seattle and Wenatchee, and a zealous advocate of indigent clients with Counsel for Defense of Chelan County. Her experience managing high-volume caseloads translates well to the fast-paced and ever-changing campaign environment, and her time on the front lines of Washington’s marijuana law enforcement motivates her commitment to this issue. Tonia knows first-hand that Washington’s current marijuana laws simply do not work, and she’s witnessed the disparities in how the laws are applied. Tonia believes that it is time for the nation’s approach to marijuana use to change, and the place to start is Washington. “We are on the forefront of what will hopefully be a national shift away from using the criminal justice system to address a public health issue. I’m proud to be working for New Approach Washington to help initiate the change that needs to happen.”
Tonia received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
JESSICA PUCKETT, Volunteer Coordinator, comes to the campaign with years of organizing and legislative experience combined with big-picture perspective. A graduate of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, Jessica understands the cost of getting marijuana policy wrong. “I have personally witnessed the life-altering consequences of marijuana prohibition. The ripple effects of this failed policy harm our communities, disproportionately impacting communities of color. It’s time for a New Approach to marijuana policy in Washington State—one that puts families and communities first.”
Originally from Louisiana, Jessica moved to the Pacific Northwest over six years ago and stayed because as she puts it, “Seattle’s weather is one of the best kept secrets.”
JACLYN KAUL, Operations Assistant, is a firm believer in Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” She recognizes that marijuana prohibition has been accepted as the status quo for far too long in the face of obvious failures, and that a new approach is overdue. While at the University of Washington earning her degree, Jaclyn built and supported a campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), aiding her peers in implementing effective advocacy strategies and educating the university community about options for marijuana law reform. As part of her studies, Jaclyn examined racial disparities in Seattle marijuana arrests following the passage of Initiative 75 (2003), which made adult marijuana use the city’s lowest law enforcement priority. Being confronted with the reality that state marijuana laws not only continue to erode our rights and drain our resources, but also facilitate unfair targeting of minority populations despite local reform efforts, only reinforced her belief that Washington needs to lead the nation toward change, and that this is the year.