Rep. Julia Reed was sworn in to serve in the Washington State House in 2023. She grew up in Seattle, the Black and bi-racial daughter of two public school educators who instilled in her the importance of public service, empathy, hard work, and collective action. Julia served in the Obama administration and as a senior policy advisor to the Mayor of Seattle, with a focus on workforce development issues. Today she consults with businesses and nonprofits on expanding workplace diversity.