Tana was appointed to the State Legislature in September 2013 and won a decisive election victory for a full two-year term in her 2014 House race.
Tana is the Vice-Chair of the Early Learning and Human Services Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee and the General Government and Information Technology Committee. During her first session, Tana served as Vice Chair of the Environment Committee. Tana has also been appointed to the Washington State Building Code Council, the Early Learning Advisory Committee and the Children’s Mental Health Workgroup.
During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Tana has been the lead sponsor of equal pay legislation, advocated for children’s mental health access in schools, introduced gun safety legislation and championed access to computer science at Bellevue College. She has been recognized as a City Champion for her leadership of the bi-partisan House Local Government Caucus and issues of critical importance to Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Renton and Beaux Arts Village.
Before serving as a legislator, Tana was a Mercer Island City Councilmember. She fought tolls on Interstate 90, supported pedestrian and road safety and increased the Island’s sustainable practices. She has been a consistent advocate for making life easier for busy families and ensuring prudent government expenditures and public investments.
Prior to her service in public office, Tana worked as the marketing and communications director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which raises money to help the elderly and refugees locally and abroad. She also worked in the private sector for nearly 10 years, helping nonprofits and foundations with their communications and government relations needs.
After earning a Master in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked as the national director of domestic policy at Hadassah. She helped lead this 300,000-member organization in promoting women’s health, religious freedom and reproductive rights issues. Tana has been involved in her community serving on the boards of the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, the Island Park Elementary School PTA, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Tana was also a NCSL Early Learning Fellow.
Among her legislative recognitions, Tana has received numerous awards for her work with the disability community, early learning and local government issues.
Tana and her husband Kevin, who met in college at Washington University in St. Louis, have a 13-year-old son, Benjamin, and a 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, who attend public schools on Mercer Island. Rounding out the family is Buddy, a 95-pound black lab.