2021 King County Districting Committee Members
Ann Schindler, Chair
In January 2002, Governor Gary Locke appointed Judge Ann Schindler to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One. During the previous 11 years as a trial court judge on King County Superior Court, Judge Schindler held many leadership positions, including the first Chief Judge of the King County Maleng Regional Justice Center, Chief Asbestos Judge, a member of the Executive Committee, and Assistant Presiding Judge.
While on the Court of Appeals, Judge Schindler was the Acting Chief Judge of Division One from 2006 until 2008 and the Chief Judge of Division One from 2008 until 2010. Judge Schindler served as the Presiding Judge for the three divisions of the Court of Appeals from 2011 until 2012. Dedicated to the administration of justice, Judge Schindler was a long-time member of the Gender and Justice Commission and the Board of Judicial Administration, and co-chair of the Access to Justice Conference. Judge Schindler has received a number of awards during her judicial career, including the King County Bar Association Outstanding Judge of the Year Award and the Washington Women Lawyers Vanguard Award and President's Award.
Prior to being a judge, Judge Schindler was a senior attorney in the Civil Division of the King County Prosecutor's Office with a focus on employment and land use law. Before joining the Prosecutor's Office, Judge Schindler spent a number of years in private practice with the law firm of Culp, Dwyer, Guterson & Grader.
Sophia Danenberg leads international environmental policy analysis in Global Enterprise Sustainability at The Boeing Company. She also volunteers on the boards of NatureBridge, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, on the legislative and public affairs committee for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), and as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in environmental sciences and public policy and was a Fulbright Fellow in econometrics at Keio University in Tokyo. Outside of work, she is an avid climber, hiker, and mountaineer, and in 2006 became the first African-American to summit Mount Everest.
Paul Graves served as a state representative from East King County from 2017-2019, where he was the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. An attorney by trade, he serves as in-house counsel for a family-owned trucking company based in Auburn. He has devoted a substantial part of his legal career to representing foster kids for free in trial courts. For his work, he was named the pro bono attorney of the year by King County's leading foster youth advocacy organization.
A committed community member, Paul has served on a number of boards, including those of HopeLink (a community action network serving East and North King County) and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (a bipartisan group focused on cost-benefit analysis of government programs). Paul, his wife Jenny, and their two sons live in Newcastle.
Dedicated to observing thriving communities throughout South King County, Cherryl Jackson-Williams channels her passion to support community members, government entities and for profit and nonprofit agencies authentically partner to have collective impact towards community revitalization and development. For over thirty years, Cherryl has supported this passion through her professional endeavors within Behavioral Health, Social and Human Services as well as Family and Community Engagement. She is an Alumni of the University of Tulsa holding a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology as well as the New College of California where she has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Cherryl developed her strong sense of devotion for thriving communities as a community leader as well as a board member for several nonprofit organizations. These experiences continue to provide her a deep appreciation for how effective partnerships can improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable community members amongst us. When not endeavoring towards building thriving communities across South King County, Cherryl enjoys walking the many trails of King County, playing with her "grandpuppy" Prince Twinkle Pugsley, and cooking for her daughter who is always willing to test her new "remixed" dishes.
Rob Saka is a cybersecurity and compliance attorney (at Microsoft), police reform advocate, and Air Force Veteran. Rob has been deeply involved in leading various community and civic engagement efforts over the years. His past contributions include his service on various nonprofit boards such as the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and his pro bono representation of homeless military veterans via the Seattle Stand Down initiative. In addition, Rob served on the 2018-19 King County Charter Review Commission where he helped champion and pass three criminal legal justice system reform and equity amendments to the King County Charter—namely, those related to OLEO subpoena power, inquests, and new antidiscrimination protections for family caregivers and Veterans—which were approved by voters in November 2020.
Rob is a graduate of Kent-Meridian High School, University of Washington, and the University of California Hastings Law. He has been named a “40 Under 40” honoree for 2020 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. A former mildly competitive distance runner, Rob is a Qualifier-Finisher-Survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.