Board of Directors
Spokane Clean Air is governed by a 5-member Board of Directors who convene monthly meetings to conduct Agency business.
The board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise publicized. In 2019, the July board meeting will be held on Thursday, July 11, due to the Fourth of July holiday. The meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Agency's office, 3104 E. Augusta Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207.
Agendas are posted on the agency's homepage under "Hearings & Notices" a week prior to each meeting. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. All meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations, call (509) 477-4727, 48 hours in advance.
Al French, Chair
Spokane County representative
Term expires 12/31/22
Al French is a Spokane County Commissioner. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, Al moved to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Business Finance in 1977. Prior to his election to the Spokane City Council in 2002, Al served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the region, especially donating his service and expertise to neighborhood committees in Spokane. Al has more than 30 years of experience as a successful businessman, architect, investment consultant, and developer in the Spokane region.
Citizen, Member-at-Large Representative
Term expires 12/31/20
Tom Brattebo holds Bachelor Degrees in Political Science from Washington State University and Education from Eastern Washington University. He is retired from Kaiser Aluminum management and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served on the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s Advisory Council for seven years prior to his appointment to the Board in June 2009. Tom is active in local environmental advocacy, including air and water quality and youth outdoor environmental education. He has served as an AmeriCorps member implementing the No-Idle Zone program for Spokane Clean Air and as an educator at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.
City of Spokane Representative
Term expires 12/31/21
Kate Burke is a Spokane native, born and raised in this fantastic city. She prides herself in her ability to take on challenges by identifying the core issues and finding practical solutions. Since being elected Councilwoman Burke has strived to make sure that everyone in our community has a voice, and not just those with power. She is a strong supporter of women, the arts, and increasing transit options, as well as ensuring equity for all people. She advocates for fair housing measures, affordable housing, citizen's rights, dignity and resources for those experiencing homelessness, and efficient government to make resources and funds more effective. She supports measures that lift the community up together. In order to encourage diverse voices and interests, Councilwoman Burke started a consultation business that finds and trains diverse leaders in how to run for office. She is invested in making change through policy and works tirelessly to make government work for the people.
Small Cities/Towns Representative
Term expires 12/31/19
Kevin Freeman is the Mayor of Millwood, Washington.
City of Spokane Valley Representative
Term expires 12/31/19
Rod Higgins is currently serving as the Mayor of the City of Spokane Valley. He has served on the Spokane Valley City Council since February 2013. He is a retired director of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, Higgins holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Idaho. In addition to involvement in a number of community and professional organizations, he served as a City of Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner from January 2012 until his appointment to the Council in February 2013.