Deborah Eddy

Adjunct Professor


Eddy Consulting
Phone:  (425) 827.9105


B.S., Journalism, West Virginia University, 1976
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1979


Deb Eddy has over 30 years’ experience in civic institutions and government, in executive, staff and policy roles at the city, regional and state levels.  She most recently served as a Washington State legislator, representing the 48th legislative district, focusing her work on local government, transportation, energy and environmental issues.

Previously, she was councilmember and mayor of the City of Kirkland, executive director of Sound Cities Association, a member of the Seattle-King County Public Health Board and a fellow at a regional think tank.  Her research, analysis and leadership have led to major policy agreements and interlocal contracts among regional governments in areas as diverse as wastewater treatment, habitat recovery, remedies for the use of counterfeit software and electric vehicle infrastructure siting.

Professor Eddy's continuing interest lies in the evaluation and reform of the legal institutions available to solve social and civic problems.  In addition to consulting on policy and governance issues, she is researching and writing on the ways in which existing laws create challenges to governing multi-jurisdictional metropolitan areas.  She will present a paper on the effectiveness of public participation requirements to provide social and environmental equity at the Asian Law Institute in Kuala Lumpur in May 2014.

She has been active in founding successful nonprofit associations like LifeWire, a domestic violence advocacy group, and Washington Appleseed, a group that provides social justice policy opportunities for attorneys.  She currently serves on the board of directors of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, a group dedicated to the continued transparency of government records and meetings.