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Claudia Kauffman

 Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
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The Honorable Claudia Kauffman has been a resident of Kent for over 20 years. She currently serves as the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe where she oversees the tribes legislative agenda on a local, state, and federal level.  Claudia was elected and served as Washington State Senator of the 47th Legislative District where she championed legislation and policy to protect children, address equity, and improve public education  She possesses a wide range of leadership in state government, policy and budgets.  Claudia’s dedication to the community is found in her long history of community involvement projects, non-profit boards and is former Chair of The Green River College in Auburn. Claudia is a fierce advocacte for children and education.  She has been foster mother to ten children, and advocates for foster children, developmental disabilities, and the improvement access, equity, and inclusion. Claudia has received numerous awards including the Anne Foy Baker Award from the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association, the Champion for Children Award from WA Children’s Alliance, the Governor’s Award of Excellence for a Lifetime of Volunteering from Governor Gregoire, and the Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from the Soroptomist International.  Claudia resides in Kent, WA, with her husband Larry Cordier and is mother to three children. 

Honors & Awards

2022   Adeline Garcia Community Service Award - Seattle Indian Health Board for being the Co-Founder of Native Action Network

2018    Recognition of Service Award - Green River College Board of Trustees

2017    Anne Foy Baker Award – Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

2016    Lifetime Achievement Award – Women Empowering Women In Native Nations

2013    Ruby Award for Women Helping Women – Soroptomist International Auburn Chapter

2013    Adeline Garcia Community Service Award – Seattle Indian Health Board

2012    Distinguished Community Service Award – University of Washington Multi-Cultural Alumni Partnership

2011    Contributions to Women’s History – University of Washington Women’s Center

2011    Recognition of Public Service – WA Women’s Political Caucus

2011    Flying Eagle Woman Award – Native Americans In Philanthropy

2010    Champion for Children – Children’s Alliance

2010    Golden Crayon Award – Early Learning Action Alliance

2009    Governor’s Award of Excellence for a Lifetime of Volunteering

WA Governor Christine Gregoire

2009    Honorary Fire Chief – Washington State Fire Chiefs

2009    Larry Gossett/Claudia Kauffman Youth Achievement Room –  Neighborhood House High Point Community Center

2009    Champion for Children – Children’s Alliance

2008    Recognition for work on behalf of the City – Covington City Council

2008    Recognition of Support – Public School Employees

2008    Pearl Capoeman Baller Award for Civic Involvement – Potlatch Fund

2008    Certificate of Appreciation – A Phillip Randolph Institute

2008    Certificate of Appreciation – Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission

2007    Champion for Children – Children’s Alliance

2007    Housing Hero – Low Income Housing Alliance

2007    Extraordinary Ordinary Woman Award – Highline Community College

2007    Native Sister Spirit Award – Native Action Network

2007    Certificate of Appreciation – Minority Executive Directors Coalition

2007    Elizabeth Peratovich Day Honoree – Tlingit & Haida Central Council

2007    Recognition of Contributions – The Evergreen State College

2006    Recognition of Achievement – Seattle Indian Health Board

2006    Champion of Youth – Boys & Girls Club of King County

2004    Strategic Leader for the 21st Century – Women of Color Empowered

2003    Bernie Whitebear Unity Award – Minority Executive Directors Coalition


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