Teresa Purcell: Uncommon Experience – Working for the Common Good.

Far too many of our communities in Southwest Washington lag behind the state in basic measures of economic opportunity, health, housing, safety, and educational outcomes. Teresa Purcell recognizes that we must do better going forward and is committed to using her experience, relationships, and sound judgment to work hard across party lines, political ideologies, and differing perspectives to get results for all of us.

Teresa was born and raised in Longview, the youngest of nine children born to Wayne and Joyce Purcell. The Purcell family has deep roots in the 19th District. Wayne and Joyce moved to Longview in 1949, following Grandparents Rob and Kathryn Purcell’s move to Aberdeen from South Dakota in 1943. They moved to the area to enjoy the natural beauty, small town way of life, and the opportunity to provide for their families.

After graduating from Mark Morris High School, Teresa studied at the University of Washington where she earned a double degree in Political Science and Speech Communications. Nine years ago she moved back to Longview to buy the house she was raised in from her parents — where she lives with her partner Jim Young, two dogs, and two cats.

Since returning to Longview, Teresa has continued the legacy of community service, activism and political leadership begun by her parents. She has served as a volunteer member of the Cowlitz County Historical Society Board, as a founding Board member of Lower Columbia School Gardens, as a founding Board Member of the Longview Public Schools Foundation, and on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid Board. She has also been invited to join and is serving on the Community Advisory Board for the Alcoa clean-up project at the old Reynolds site, the Cowlitz County Facilities Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Vision 20/20 Quality of Place Committee.

Over the past 25 years, Teresa has consulted and collaborated on over 200 political, issue, public relations, and media campaigns throughout the United States. Teresa has served as a consultant, lobbyist, executive director, communications staff for the Washington State Legislature, and senior project director for a national organization. She has worked to impact public policy at every level of government. In 1992, she managed the successful, underdog campaign for the first female Senator elected from Washington State, U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

In 2001, Teresa founded Purcell Public Affairs Inc. to provide clients with expertise in strategy, communications, and mobilization. She specializes in strategic planning, communications, fundraising, public opinion research, message development, campaign planning, training, organizational development, issue management, and media relations.

Teresa brings deep and broad experience in pulling people together to solve problems. She believes in an effective, accountable, and responsive government – working in partnership with local government, non-profits, labor, and business — as part of the solution to the significant challenges faced by our region and state.

Contact: Teresa Purcell PH#360-998.1438