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Steering Committee Members

Treatment First WA is a coalition of experts and community leaders who support replacing failing drug laws with a public health approach –  treatment, recovery, and education.

We are public health experts, treatment professionals, legal and law enforcement experts, elected officials, leaders of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and formerly incarcerated and directly impacted community members working together for a public health approach to substance use disorders. 



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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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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