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About Lisa

A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets.

She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.

Read Sen. Wellman’s full biography here.

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Senate passes Wellman bill to expand transportation for school districts

Senate passes Wellman bill to expand transportation for school districts

SEATTLE — Legislation passed today by the Senate would allow expanded transportation services when schoolprovide remote instruction during emergencies.  SB 5128, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), solves the funding gap school districts face in providing expanded services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I’ve been working with schools from the time in-person learning first stopped until today, and it is clear that budgeting for this situation is tremendously difficult for school districts,” Wellman said. Usually transportation is used to take students to education. During school closures, transportation services have brought education, and many other necessary services, like meals ...

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Lisa In The News

U.S. News: Education, Energy and Economy Lead Washington to Top Spot in Best States Ranking

U.S. News: Education, Energy and Economy Lead Washington to Top Spot in Best States Ranking

The Evergreen State takes the top spot again in the U.S. News Best States ranking on the strength of its tech sector and other industries. SEATTLE—BUOYED BY ITS rapidly expanding economy, Washington state is on a winning streak. For the second time, Washington has been named No. 1 in the U.S. News Best States ranking and is the first state to earn ...

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King 5: Washington lawmakers push to vaccinate school employees more quickly

King 5: Washington lawmakers push to vaccinate school employees more quickly

Even as teachers in neighboring Idaho and Oregon are being vaccinated, in Washington most educators currently will have to wait weeks or even months before they'll become eligible. At the moment, only seniors and healthcare workers qualify to get the shot. Teachers, and several leading lawmakers, have been pushing for that to change. The first push from lawmakers came in mid-January, with ...

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The Stranger: Duwamish Excluded from Bill Requiring WA Schools to Teach Tribal History

The Stranger: Duwamish Excluded from Bill Requiring WA Schools to Teach Tribal History

If you’ve been in Seattle for any length of time recently, you’ve probably seen a land acknowledgement on a building, at an event, or in artwork created here: “We are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.” Nice words to say! ...

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