Deb Eddy has worked as a community organizer, elected official, nonprofit executive and consultant on the local, regional and state level since 1980. Beginning with activism in women’s issues, she branched into city government as mayor and council member for the City of Kirkland. For many years, she facilitated and negotiated policy and contracts on critical regional issues from housing to habitat recovery through the Suburban Cities Association (now Sound Cities Association). She has been a founding director of three NGOs, all three of which turned out to be quite successful after she moved on.
During her service in the Washington State legislature, she focused on transportation, local government and alternative energy issues. She has consulted on a variety of public policy and non-profit board management issues. A stint at the King County Council in 2015-2016 pushed the Eastside Rail Corridor past a major hurdle, as the council finally authorized rail removal and the beginning construction of non-motorized facilities.
As an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School, she developed a course on the legal framework for solving urban issues and has taught municipal law. She has remained a leader in implementation of the state’s Growth Management Act, named in 2016 by Gov. Jay Inslee to a six year term on the Growth Management Hearings Board.
Jon Eddy is a respected legal academician and international legal consultant for rule of law, anti-corruption and transnational business standards projects. He is presently winding down a lengthy commitment to a UW Law School project, funded by the State Department, strengthening legal education efforts throughout Afghanistan. His retirement in 2019 will see the implementation of a major partnership between Afghan law schools and Indonesian law schools, improving with a goal of improving communication between different Islamic traditions.
At the UW, he was engaged in launching the Capetown Project, establishing global standards for finance and leasing in the aircraft industry, and served a stint as director of the Asian Law Center.
Jon practiced all aspects of commercial law in Seattle for 30 years, including stints in private placement and venture capital financing and aircraft finance. His career includes faculty positions at US and international law schools, including the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Chulalongkorn University and Kobe University, in addition to his time at the UW Law School. Besides the usual law review articles required of tenured professors, Jon co-authored a commercial law case book. He has taught adjunct courses in bankruptcy and secured transactions for Seattle University Law School.