Nick is a native of Washington State, having grown up in Steilacoom, Washington. After he graduated from high school in 1995, Nick went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on an Army ROTC scholarship. He received a B.A. in political science and received an educational delay from the Army to attend law school at Harvard University. Following his graduation in 2002, he entered the Army Jag Corps. While in the Army Nick went through Airborne School and served as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He spent a year serving in Baghdad, Iraq, with the 3rd Infantry Division in 2005 and left the service in 2007.
Before joining the Governor’s office in 2013, Nick spent six years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, where he prosecuted white collar, narcotics, fraud, and firearms cases. He spent the last two years as the office’s Gang Coordinator, working with federal and local task forces to prosecuted gang crimes throughout western Washington.
In his current role, Nick is the principal legal advisor to the Governor, advising the Governor and his senior staff on an array of legal matters. His primary responsibilities include: managing the Governor’s judicial appointment process; advising the Governor on clemency and parole decisions; providing policy and political guidance; reviewing legislation; and serving as the lead ethics advisor.
Leesa Manion is the Chief of Staff to King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, a position she has held since 2007. In this position, Leesa serves as the chief administrative officer for the office, which employs more than 240 attorneys, 254 staff, and has a budget of over $60 million.
In addition to overseeing a wide range of fiscal, human resources, legislative, and internal and external communications and policy issues, Leesa oversees a variety of youth and justice programs, including the office's Truancy and Dropout Prevention Program and the 180 Program, which is a community-based, pre-filing juvenile diversion program designed to keep youth out of the criminal justice system by inspiring them to make positive choices with support from their community.
She has also recently spearheaded a number of projects aimed at reducing disproportionality within in the criminal justice system, a major initiative launched by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the last few years. Leesa is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Washington State Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, and is member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers. Outside of work, Leesa enjoys entertaining, reading, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
George Griffin, is President/CEO of G3 & Associates, a company he founded in 2003.
Specializes in lobbying and public involvement strategies. Clients Include, Comcast, Goodman Real Estate, Henry Liebman, Lincoln Towing , Children’s Hospital, Seattle Dept. of Transportation, among others.
One of 3 black registered lobbyists in Washington State and the only black registered lobbyist in Seattle.
Born in Seattle, but grew up in Los Angeles and Mexico. Speaks fluent Spanish He has also worked and lived in DC.
Served on President Obana steering committee and finance committee for Washington State.
Chief of staff for Seattle’s black Mayor, Norman Rice, from 1994-97.
Proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Xi Chapter, UCLA, back in the day.
On Alliance for Education Board. That org is the link between the Gates Foundation and the Seattle Public Schools. He chaired the Board in 2009 and 2010.
Most proud off his community wok and his daughter Kalila who is a senior at Seattle U.