City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington, in 1980. Graduated from University of Portland in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in communications management.
Work experience: Worked as a broadcast journalist for 35 years, 28 in Spokane, first at KREM-TV and then KXLY-TV. Formerly served as honorary chair for organizations that included Spokane County Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Go Red for Women/American Heart Association, Anna Ogden Hall, Teen Challenge, Rescue 4 All/Inland Northwest Animal Rescue, Women Helping Women, March of Dimes, Red Cross Heroes, Children’s Miracle Network and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Serves on boards for the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Visit Spokane, Greater Spokane Incorporated, the WSU Advisory Board, WorkSource Spokane and the University District Public Development Authority.
Political experience: Elected Spokane mayor in 2019.
Family: Married to Bruce Felt. Two adult children.
Political donations: Reports raising about $508,800 as of Oct. 16, with major donations from a long list of Realtors, developers, property managers, security companies and business owners. Has received financial support from police Chief Craig Meidl and former Spokane Mayor David Condon.
In 2022, politicians and city staff in Spokane responded to the growing housing crisis by drastically relaxing land-use restrictions to allow for denser housing like fourplexes and townhomes to be built in all residential areas in the city.
New process created to review offensive landmarks and street names in Spokane, including Monaghan statue
Spokane now has a process to review potentially offensive landmarks and street names located on city property, spurred by concerns over the downtown statue of Ensign John Monaghan.
Former Mayor Nadine Woodward had a stalker with a criminal history during her years in office, court documents say
Former Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward was harassed and stalked by a man who threatened to kidnap her throughout her time in office, according to court documents filed last week.
Matt Boston, budget adviser for Spokane’s City Council, named chief financial officer by Mayor Brown
Matt Boston, who has been the lead financial and budgetary adviser for the Spokane City Council since 2021, has a new job on the other side of City Hall.
Three of Mayor Lisa Brown’s cabinet appointments were confirmed by the Spokane City Council on Monday night, including the new city spokeswoman, city attorney and director of the division that oversees the city’s homelessness and housing initiatives.
Lisa Brown names chief of staff, city spokeswoman and more leadership positions as she prepares to take office
Incoming Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown announced her third batch of cabinet-level appointments Friday, most of whom are being retained in their current positions.
Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward, who was elected in 2019 and led the city during a global pandemic and other historic challenges, officially leaves office on New Year’s Day.
Lisa Brown was sworn in Wednesday night at a ceremony at the downtown Central Library, five days before she formally takes office as mayor of Spokane.
The Salvation Army will continue operating Spokane’s largest homeless shelter, possibly through April, amid ongoing dispute over breakdowns this summer in a process to potentially choose a different operator.
Money may indeed be, as a powerful California politician once posited, the mother’s milk of politics. But how you spend that money matters, too.