Updated: May 25, 2023

Take Your Seat at the Table

The WSBA Board of Governors focuses on policy, leadership, strategy, and oversight of the organization. Service on the Board requires vision, leadership, diplomacy, and passion in pursuit of the WSBA's mission to serve the public and the members of the WSBA, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession and to champion justice.

Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 President-elect

Congratulations! Governor Sunitha Anjilvel has been elected as the  2023-2024 President-elect. Governor Anjilvel will be sworn in as President-elect at the conclusion of the Board of Governors meeting in September. 

Sunitha Anjilvel has been a member of the WSBA Board of Governors since 2019. She has practiced in family law in the Pacific Northwest since 2008. Since her first admission to practice in 1990, Anjilvel has practiced in a variety of courts in Canada, California, and Washington in family law, criminal law, and civil litigation. in 2005, she served as director of a bipartisan campaign to support a redistricting reform initiative on California's statewide ballot. She has a B.A. from McGill University and a J.D. from Dalhousie Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Washington and California.

Governor At-Large Candidates

  • Tom Ahearne
  • Nancy Hawkins
  • Kim Sandher

Voting starts May 15 and ends 5 p.m. PST on June 1.

Meet the Candidates

In accordance with the WSBA Bylaws, The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council "shall forward at least three candidates who have a lived experience and knowledge of the needs of those members whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, to the end that the Board of Governors will be a more diverse and representative body than the results of the election of Governors based solely on Congressional districts may allow. Diversity refers to a meaningful representation of, and equal opportunities for, individuals who have a lived experience as a member from one or more historically underrepresented communities in the legal profession. Underrepresentation encompasses and is not limited to, race, disability, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression."

Congratulations Governors-Elect

Ballots were tallied in four Board of Governors district elections on April 3. And the winners are:

  • Allison Widney, District 3
  • Todd A. Bloom, District 6
  • Gov. Matthew Dresden, District 7 North
  • Kristina Larry, District 8

The new governors-elect will serve three-year terms. They will be sworn into office at the end of the Sept. 8–9 Board of Governors meeting.

Email barleaders@wsba.org to request complete election results. 

Looking Ahead: 2024-2025 Board of Governors Positions & Deadlines

The WSBA Board of Governors will be seeking applications for the following positions in January 2024.

Governor District 1, currently held by Governor Sunitha Anjilvel
Governor District 4, currently held by Governor Mary Rathbone
Governor District 5, currently held by Governor & Treasurer Francis Adewale
Governor District 7 South, currently held by Governor Serena Sayani
Governor At Large (Young Lawyer), currently held by Governor Jordan Couch


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Please contact Paris Eriksen, WSBA Volunteer Engagement Advisor, at parise@wsba.org or barleaders@wsba.org.

The WSBA values diversity and inclusion, and encourages Black, indigenous, and people of color; women; people from the LBGTQ communities; people with disabilities; and members of other groups who have been systemically oppressed to apply for our committees, boards, and panels.