Sharon Ortiz was appointed Executive Director on May 15, 2009. Sharon has worked for the Commission for eight years. She started her career with the agency as an investigator in our Yakima Office and prior to her appointment was the manager of operations in eastern Washington. Sharon has been very involved with the urban Indian Community in Spokane. Sharon began her civil rights career at Northwest Fair Housing Alliance as first a testing coordinator and then assistant director. She has worked in civil rights for almost two decades, has great passion for the work and believes in equity for all. Sharon is an alumni of Whitworth College in Spokane.