|Joan Cathey, Councilmember
City of Tumwater, WA
Phone: (360) 754-4120
Term of Office: 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2019
Position No. 3
Occupation: Minister, Presbyterian Church USA
Council Committees/Intergovernmental Assignments
Budget and Finance Committee; General Government Committee - Chair; Health and Human Services Council (HHSC); Community Investment Partnership (CIP); Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee; Thurston Regional Planning Council - Urban Growth Management Subcommittee
Areas of Special Interest/Priorities
Sustainable practices in economic and neighborhood development; Environmental sustainability and public access to natural resources; Brewery redevelopment to maintain pristine property in the heart of the City, as well as economic development; Neighborhood connectivity; Maintaining and improving the quality of life in Tumwater; Public safety for increased staffing at the North End Fire Station and supporting the School Resource Officer program - connecting the school district and the City; To be an inclusive and responsive community in welcoming all of our citizens; To listen to the needs of local non-profits that are touching lives in the Tumwater community.
Joan Cathey has served on the City Council since 2008, having been re-elected in 2015. She is a native of California. She holds a BA in Biological Science, English and History, an MA in Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity in Philosophical Theology. She is a Presbyterian minister and has served churches in California and Washington for the past 35 years.
Joan came to the Pacific Northwest to be the campus minister at The Evergreen State College in 1992. Her diverse background includes being a business owner, a high school teacher and coach, a school board member, and executive director of a local social service agency. A few of Joan’s passions are gardening, golf, lots of reading and poetry writing, and spending time walking in wonder and reverence in nature’s abundance and beauty.
She serves on the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and is Chair of the General Government Committee. She represents Tumwater on the Community Investment Partnership (formerly Health and Human Services Committee), the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), and the Thurston Regional Planning Council’s Urban Growth Management Subcommittee. Recently, Joan represented the City on the team that created a unique partnership with GRuB and Tumwater School District to begin a farming program for low income at-risk high school students at the City’s Linwood Barn property. She lives in northeast Tumwater and is actively involved in the Brewery Neighborhood Planning.