Debra Lekanoff comes from a small Alaska Native village, where she grew in the waters and lands that her family has called home since time immemorial. Currently she serves in the WA State House of Representatives in the 40th LD, which includes south Whatcom, Anacortes, Skagit and San Juan Islands. Her experience extends throughout all levels of government from local, state, tribal, federal to international. It is these experiences and networking that supports her leadership to address important matters such as climate change, salmon recovery and protection, water quality and quantity to habitat. Her decisions are based on her Native American teachings passed down from generation to generation and her humble upbringings of living with the resources that sustain her health, culture and way of life.
Her experiences range from serving in the EPA’s National and Regional Environmental Tribal Policy Operations Taskforce; Co Chair, WA State Joint Legislative Taskforce on Water Supply. Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Natural Resources Committee Co Chair, Vice Chair of WA State House Environmental and Energy Committee, Coordinator of the Coast Salish Gathering and past Governmental Affairs Director for the Swinomish Tribe. These experience have helped build her capacity to to work on difficult matters that needs a leader to work with all stakeholders, take in all matters on the issue and get the job done together.