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Meet Maggie

After graduating from Lewis & Clark High School, Maggie earned her undergraduate degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she also played Center Midfield on the Women’s Soccer Team.  She lived in New Orleans for several years after college, working for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center. While there, Maggie first served as an advocate for public school students with disabilities, and then as an investigator to improve conditions in the local jail for incarcerated individuals and the officers staffing it.  This experience propelled her on to the UCLA School of Law where she specialized in Public Interest Policy.  Following her legal training, Maggie worked as an attorney for a legal aid office in Richmond, Virginia before returning home to serve as Spokane County’s Regional Law & Justice Administrator.  

As Regional Law & Justice Administrator, Maggie managed grants, projects, and several committees devoted to ensuring a safe, efficient, and equitable local justice system. In 2018 and 2019, Maggie led the Justice Task Force, bringing national experts together with officials from the City of Spokane, Spokane County, and City of Spokane Valley, service providers, and business and community leaders to study the local justice system and develop a portfolio of recommendations to improve it. Maggie implemented several of these recommendations and more during her tenure at the County, including a Criminal Justice Information Hotline, Intake & Release Center, Remote Court Access, and expanded data analytics.

In addition to working for the public good, Maggie and her husband Satish enjoy all the Inland Northwest has to offer.  They ski in the winter, explore County parks in the summer, and take their nieces apple picking in the fall.

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P.O. Box 8505
Spokane, WA 99203
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