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Thurston County, Washington

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Board of County Commissioners

Commissioner Emily Clouse headshot

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Commissioner

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Commissioner's Assistant

Tracey Carlos

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About Emily

Emily is a lifelong resident of Thurston County and a proud alumna of North Thurston High School. Her journey of service began in the Army, where she served as a Military Intelligence Analyst. After her military service, Emily returned to Thurston County to manage two of her family's small businesses. Concurrently, she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Global Engagement from the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), where she graduated with high honors.

In 2021, Emily founded the Collaborative Association for Reintegration and Education (CARE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of justice-involved youth, aiming to provide them with the tools and support needed for successful reintegration into society. Subsequently, Emily worked in the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS’) Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS) as the supervisor of the court order Processing and Referral (PAR) team.

Emily is actively engaged in outreach efforts to support the county's houseless residents and is dedicated to addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing our community. Her broad experience, from military service to nonprofit leadership, informs her approach to governance, emphasizing transparency, fiscal responsibility, and a commitment to equity and inclusion.

Emily's vision for Thurston County is one of prosperity, sustainability, and justice for all residents. She aims to create a community where everyone has access to affordable housing, where environmental sustainability is a priority, and where public safety measures extend beyond traditional law enforcement to embrace innovative, community-driven solutions.

Emily currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Regional Housing Council and is a member of the Board of Health.