Tana is currently serving her third term in the Washington State Legislature. She was initially appointed in September 2013 and won decisive election victories in her 2014, 2016 and 2018 House races.
Tana is the Chair of the Human Services and Early Learning Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Local Government Committee. During previous sessions, Tana served as Vice Chair of the Environment Committee and on the Education Commitee. Tana has served on the Washington State Building Code Council, the Early Learning Advisory Committee and the Children’s Mental Health Workgroup where she served as Co-Chair.
During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Tana passed landmark legislation on equal pay, continuously advocates for greater access to children’s mental health services, championed gun safety legislation, and expanded mental health and trauma informed training for teachers and social workers.
Tana serves on numerous boards including the National Association of Jewish Legislators, Hopelink, the WA Mental Health Summit, the UW Masters in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology Program, and more.
Among her legislative recognitions, Tana has received numerous awards for her work on early learning, mental health and local government issues. Just this year alone, Tana was named Child Advocate of the Year, Behavioral Health Champion, Leader for Early Literacy and Food Lifeline Legislator. In 2017, Tana received the National Child Health Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her bi-partisan work on Children's Mental Health. She also received the 2017 National Child Health Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her bi-partisan work on Children's Mental Health. Tana has also been recognized three times 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 and Child Welfare Fellow.
Tana and her husband Kevin, who met in college at Washington University in St. Louis, have a 17-year old son, Benjamin, and a 14-year-old daughter, Rachel, who attend public schools on Mercer Island. Rounding out the family is Buddy, a 100-pound black lab.