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Washington Governor Appoints Spokane’s Fukai to the State Transportation Commission

OLYMPIA, WA — Governor Jay Inslee appoints Kelly Fukai to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission. A lifelong resident of Spokane, Fukai has worked in the aviation, energy, electrical, and electronic manufacturing fields, and is currently the Manager of Public and External Affairs at Spokane International Airport.

Fukai’s six-year term started on July 1, and she joins the commission during unprecedented times. With the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic comes an opportunity for state leaders to begin shaping a transportation system for the future that reflects a new era of transport. Fukai is poised to take that on and assist in advancing a new vision for the state’s transportation network.

“Our transportation system is in the midst of transformational change," Fukai said. "I am excited to work with our elected officials, agencies, and communities to address the opportunities and challenges in the evolution of transportation.”

Fukai brings over 20 years of experience in leading and working with diverse groups in the development of collaborative and comprehensive plans and policies that grow necessary infrastructure, enhance economic and workforce development, and support community interests.

She joins six other commissioners from around the state who are charged with state transportation policy development, assessing how the entire transportation system works across the state, and issuing the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan. The commission also serves as the state tolling authority and leads special projects directed by the Legislature.

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“Transportation is the heart of our community’s health and economic vitality. It connects us to our family and friends, provides access to necessary goods and services, and broadens our perspectives through exposure to new places and experiences,” Fukai said. “I am honored to work alongside our communities to ensure the resiliency of our future transportation system.”

Fukai replaces former Commissioner Joe Tortorelli who served two terms on the commission.

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