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;I became a lawyer because I wanted to
make a difference in the lives of chil-
dren, our most vulnerable population.
As an undergrad, I interned at the Pierce
County YWCA’s Legal Services Department
where I was able to see how critical access to
legal services are for those most marginalized.
After I graduated from law school, I became
a policy advisor at the Department of Early
Learning providing policy guidance for child
care and early learning programs serving
low-income families. I now work as a policy
advisor for Governor Inslee working on issues
of education, and human and civil rights.
;My greatest talent as a lawyer is bringing together
individuals with diverse interests to achieve a
;My career has surprised me by taking a route different than I
expected. As a law student, I spent my summers working
abroad in Shanghai, China, and I believed I would have
a career in international human rights. After graduating
from law school, I returned home to Tacoma and realized
that I could use my skills and talents to
help the community where I was raised.
;The best advice I have for new lawyers is to
network and develop your own board of
directors who are individuals you can turn to
for advice and guidance.
;The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I’m
making a positive impact on the lives of children
and other vulnerable populations across the state.
;If I could have tried one famous case, it would be Brown
v. Board of Education.
;During my free time, I go to musical theater and the
movies, walk 5Ks, hike, try new restaurants, and
hang out with friends.
;The most memorable trip I ever took was to Seoul, South
Korea, with my college friend Eri who lives in Japan. We
had a blast learning to make kimchi, trying on hanbok
(traditional Korean dresses), visiting the Korean Broadcasting System to watch the taping of Korean dramas, and
exploring the nightlife.
;I look up to my mom, Debra Durkee. She is a single mother
who has devoted her life to serving and inspiring others.
She is my biggest champion and I am so fortunate to call
her my best friend.
;If I took one day off in the middle of the week, I would relax by going
to the spa.
;My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is the waterfront in
Tacoma, which has views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, and
Nobody would ever suspect that I speak Chinese.
;This is on my bucket list: to summit Kilimanjaro.
;My greatest fear is not living life to the fullest.
;If I had a time machine, I would travel to Jane Austen’s Regen-cy-era England.
If I could pick a superpower, it would be to read people’s minds.
;If I could get free tickets to any event, I would go to the Oscars.
;My all-time favorite movie is The Usual Suspects.
;My dream trip would be to Dubai, UAE.
My name is RaShelle Davis and I am a policy advisor for Governor Jay Inslee. My portfolio includes education, human rights, and ethnic/minority relations. Prior to
joining the Governor’s Office, I worked as a policy analyst
for the State of Washington Department of Early Learning
where my work centered on ensuring that all children and
families have access to quality early learning programs
and child care. I am the vice president of the Pierce County
Minority Bar Association, at-large trustee for the WSBA
Young Lawyers Committee, and a member of the WSBA
Committee for Diversity. I am proud to be the recipient of
the City of Tacoma’s City of Destiny Award for community
service work. I received my B.A. from the University of
Puget Sound in business administration and my J.D. from
New York University School of Law.