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Vote 2021: From Head Start on the Reservation to the Board Room in Auburn, School Board Candidate Melissa J. Laramie Stands Ready to Serve


As a Head Start graduate and first-generation college graduate from the Colville Tribe with over fifteen years of senior leadership experience in communications focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Auburn School Board District 3 Candidate Melissa J. Laramie says she also “ brings significant experience in public education to contribute to the Auburn School Board.” 

Currently, Laramie serves as the Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Kent School District, the fifth-largest school district in Washington. Previously she served as the Director of Communications and Public Relations at the regional level for Puget Sound Educational Service District, working with all 35 school districts in King and Pierce Counties. Laramie holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies and a Bachelor’s in Applied Sociology Social Work. 


“From a deep understanding of K-12 finance to active monitoring of education legislation, my career uniquely positions me with the public education knowledge and experience to be an influential school board member.” Laramie shares on her website,  

Laramie’s community service includes Grace Community Church, United Way Campaign Coordinator, Northwest Harvest, Washington Schools Public Relations Association current member and past President, Kent Schools Foundation current board member and Secretary, and Kent Sunrise Rotary. 

“As a mom of a soon-to-be middle schooler, an Auburn homeowner, and an active Auburn community member, I have a personal interest in giving back to our school district as a servant leader. In addition, as a school district employee, a principal’s sister, a custodian’s daughter, a bus driver’s granddaughter, and a paraeducator’s niece, I fully understand the school board’s role in ensuring student success.” Laramie explains that public education is her calling and servant leadership is a family value.”  

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