University Place community leader will challenge Republican stalwart Dick Muri in rematch of hotly contested 2016 race University Place—Mari Leavitt, a longtime education leader, PTSA mom and small business owner with her husband Drew, has announced that she will run for the State House in District 28. Leavitt, a Democrat, will challenge 20-year Republican officeholder … READ MORE
Mari Leavitt is a longtime education leader, PTSA mom, and local small business owner who has dedicated her life to families, community, and opportunity.
At Pierce College, Tacoma Community College, Evergreen State College, and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Mari has helped local students with college readiness, access to higher education, and college and career success.
As the Deputy Director of Pierce County Human Services, Mari helped administer the County’s community-based programs from affordable housing and homelessness, youth violence prevention, early learning, behavioral health, and job training.
Mari, who grew up in a military family and was raised on bases, was also able to work on veteran issues at Pierce County Human Services. That work included health care, housing assistance, substance use disorder services, and support for veterans in need, as well as seniors, children, and adults with disabilities.
In addition to her professional commitment to education and opportunity, Mari has also been a dedicated community leader, PTSA board member in UPSD district and schools, a Trustee of the Accountable Community of Health, Chair of the Pierce County Ethics Commission, serving as a member of the University Place Career and Technical Education Advisory Board, President of the Council of Unions and Student Programs and on the executive board for the state InterCollege Relations Committee.
She has served on the Mel Korum YMCA Board of Directors, in addition to training for the juvenile truancy court and volunteering on the truancy board at a local school district. Mari is also active in her community and church activities. Mari earned her A.A.S, from Tacoma Community College, B.A and M. Ed from Western Washington Education, and received her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Mari and her husband have several children, and own an orthodontics practice in Lakewood and Yelm.