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Steering Committee Members

Commit to Change WA is a coalition of public health experts, treatment professionals, legal and law enforcement experts, elected officials, leaders of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and formerly incarcerated and directly impacted community members. We are working together to replace failed laws that criminalize drug possession with an approach that focuses on the social determinants of health and responds to substance use disorders with services tailored to individuals’ needs.



Karen Dove

Karen Dove is Executive Director of ANEW, a nonprofit that improves people’s lives by providing quality training, employment navigation and supportive services leading to successful family wage careers. ANEW is the oldest continuously...
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Everett Maroon

Everett Maroon has lived in Walla Walla since 2008, after spending more than a decade in Washington, DC as a systems analyst and project manager. Maroon attended Syracuse University, graduating with bachelor’s degrees...
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Michelle Merriweather

Michelle Merriweather is President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. Merriweather is an engaged community servant serving on several boards and commissions including the Downtown Seattle Association, Alliance for Education,...
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Julian Saucier

Don Julian Saucier has extensive experience working as a peer recovery specialist with people struggling because of substance use disorders. Saucier’s own life has been impacted by the current drug policy system, and...
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