I grew up in Southwest Washington and have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life. As your Vancouver City Councilmember I am a committed advocate and champion for public safety, affordable housing, protecting the vulnerable, honoring our Veterans, education, parks and economic opportunity. My diverse interests and dedication to these issues are deeply grounded in my personal values and story.
My story begins with my mom, who raised me and my sister as a single mother. When she had me, she was just 15 years old and working 70 hours or more a week to pay the bills. Her hard work and drive to make a better life for us taught me the value of diligence, learning from those around me, and making fair changes when they were needed.
As a student at Battle Ground High School, I worked as a teaching assistant for special needs students. I was a member of Future Farmers of America and I was also on the cheerleading squad. In high school, I also discovered a passion for running and trained hard to become the best runner I could be.
A track and field scholarship helped me to attend Washington State University. I worked my way through college and earned two degrees along with All-American honors in the 800 meters. I also saw so much of that work pay off when I qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials. I still enjoy running and cycling though our parks with my husband, a former WSU basketball player Ryan.
I am proud to have worked for Vancouver Public Schools, the Fort Vancouver National Trust and now, the Clark County Treasurer’s Office. Whether I’m finding innovative approaches to help students remove barriers to learning; preserving our rich history; building events to support our Veterans; or strengthening public services, I am always dedicated to being sincere, speaking the truth, and doing my homework so I know both sides of an issue.
I hope to continue working on behalf of the people of Vancouver to make us all proud to call Vancouver our home.
Alishia In The News
The Common Good 6 a.m. July 5, 2017, Joe Clemons, X-Ray FM
Topper Brings Empathy to Vancouver Schools Position November 13, 2014, Susan Parrish, The Columbian
Housing Advocates ‘Inspired’ to Work October 9, 2015, Scott Hewitt, The Columbian
Clark County’s Most Interesting People July/August 2014 Vancouver Vision Magazine