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My name is Katie L. Archer Jolma, and I am the owner of Archer Public Affairs. My consulting firm is focused on providing the best service and satisfaction to each client, whether you are looking for campaign management or advice regarding a large public works project. I am a third-generation Vancouverite with deep ties to the community and someone who intimately understands the political and business climate in southwest Washington.
My work entails the promotion of government and private relationships, issue and policy analysis, public relations, strategic public planning advice, and campaign management. As a client, you receive over a decade's worth of experience in public policy and the ability to network with key leaders and stakeholders in our community.
With a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs Administration and Management, and as a licensed attorney in Washington State, you can expect the highest quality work product, analysis, and communication from me. Each client can look forward to receiving my advanced research and writing abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and my dedication to each project or goal.
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Newly Elected President - Clark County Democratic Women:
In December I was elected as the new President of the Clark County Democratic Women (CCDW)! CCDW is the largest Democratic Women's chapter in Washington State and I am honored to serve our members. The purpose and policy of CCDW is to promote the growth, welfare, and success of the Democratic Party, and to support as an entire body, the Washington State Federation of the Democratic Women’s Clubs.
During my two-year term, I am tasked with developing and implementing, with approval from the body, a strategic plan for membership outreach, diversity, community engagement, bylaw changes, candidate recruitment, events, fundraising, candidate endorsements, policy resolutions, and adopted platform issues.
CCDW meetings are held in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 am at the Labor Hall located at 2212 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661. You can find our latest meeting agendas, meeting details, announcements, and event dates on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClarkCountyDemocraticWomen/. Hope to see you at our next meeting or event!
Mental Health Court - The Intersection between Housing, Criminal Law, and Mental Health:
As a Special Correspondent, check out the article I wrote for the Clark County Bar Association's November 2016 Hearsay Newsletter concerning the way stable housing can positively affect participants in Mental Health Court, Clark County Superior Court's specialized court program.
The article can be found on page 15: http://www.ccbawashington.org/hearsay/2016_11_Hearsay.pdf
Prop 1 - Vancouver's Affordable Housing Fund wins with over 57% of the vote:
I am so proud to announce that Proposition 1, the City of Vancouver's Affordable Housing Fund, passed with 57.64% of the vote! As Campaign Manager of Bring Vancouver Home, the non-partisan campaign that championed Prop 1, I am thankful to our generous community who saw the value in helping our most vulnerable neighbors live in safe, secure, affordable housing.
Proposition 1 will go into effect beginning January 1, 2017. The levy will raise property taxes on both residential and commercial properties at a rate of 36 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value and is capped at $6 million per year over seven years. The money collected by the City of Vancouver will be allocated through a competitive grant process by a Citizen Oversight Committee to private developers, non-profits, the Vancouver Housing Authority, and low-income property owners in order to build and preserve more affordable housing, increase self-sufficiency programs for people needing housing, and will go to homelessness prevention programs.
Through an education based campaign hosting multiple public meetings and with an emphasis on community outreach, Bring Vancouver Home successfully disseminated the complex and technical information about Prop 1 to the voters. It was a joy to also work alongside so many of our community's non-profit partners, such as Council for the Homeless, SHARE, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Columbia River Mental Health Services, and YWCA, just to name a few. Together we were able to Bring Vancouver Home!
Here is a link to The Columbian's article covering the passage of Prop 1: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/nov/08/prop-1-levy-on-track-to-pass/
Nominee - 2016 Distinguished Woman of the Year Award:
I am honored to announce that I have been nominated for the 2016 Distinguished Woman of the Year Award! The Women of Distinction program is presented by Washington State University Vancouver's Office of Student Involvement and Unitus Community Credit Union.
Nominees are chosen for inspiring, mentoring, and empowering others as a person in one of three categories; community member, WSU student, or high school student. Candidates for the award are nominated by WSU students or staff and are acknowledged for making a difference in the life of another. The awards ceremony takes place Thursday, March 31st, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Washington State University Vancouver, Firstenburg Student Commons.
I am truly grateful for this nomination and for the opportunity to serve in my community. Congrats and good luck to all the other nominees!