Dan Grimm, Deputy Executive and Chief Operating Officer
Grimm has extensive management experience in both the private and public sectors. He represented the Puyallup, Wash. area in the state House of Representatives for twelve years from 1977 – 1989. As chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, Grimm was the driving force behind state funding of the Union Station restoration, construction of the Washington State History Museum, the University of Washington Tacoma campus, the Puyallup campus of Pierce College and the state's role in the Puyallup tribal land claims settlement.
Grimm was elected state Treasurer in 1988 and served two terms. He led a successful effort to improve the state’s credit rating and reformed the management of state pension funds.
Brian Hardtke, Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Hardtke grew up in Pierce County, living in Bonney Lake, Puyallup, and Orting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.
Prior to accepting a position with Pierce County, Hardtke served as a legislative and policy analyst for the Washington State Department of Licensing and previously served as a policy analyst for the Washington State House Republican Caucus.
Don Anderson, Senior Counsel
Anderson has been an attorney with Eisenhower & Carlson, PLLC since 1981, where he has served as managing partner and chair. Prior to joining the firm he served overseas as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General officer.
Anderson, who will remain on the Lakewood City Council, has served as a councilmember since Jan. 2008 and as mayor since Jan. 2013. Anderson represents Lakewood as a member of the board of Pierce Transit and co-chairs the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership.
Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his juris doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound.
Steve O'Ban, Senior Counsel for Behavioral Health
O’Ban has been a trial lawyer since 1987 and served as the managing partner of the Seattle law firm, Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC.
In 2012, he was elected to the Washington State Legislature, and has served in the Senate since 2013 representing the 28th Legislative District. He has served as Chair of the Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, and currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Health and Long Term Care Committee, and as a member of the Behavioral Health and Human Services Committees. His primary policy areas of concentration are mental health, foster care reform, and government accountability.
O’Ban received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington, and his juris doctor degree from Seattle University.
Maia Espinoza, Director, Constituent Services
Coming to Washington thanks to her military parents, Maia has lived in Pierce county for nearly 20 years. She attended Clover Park High School and Pierce College Fort Steilacoom graduating from the Running Start program. She went on to earn her bachelors' degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and pursued a career in Marketing and Communications after completing an internship for Metro Parks Tacoma.
Espinoza has managed clients and customers from telecom to world travel, and is passionate about problem solving to find agreeable solutions. After a short stint working for the state legislature, she founded the Center for Latino Leadership to enhance Latino civic engagement across Washington State. She and her husband are small business owners and reside in Lakewood with their two children.
Carol Mitchell, Director, Justice Services and Special Projects
Mitchell is joining Pierce County from Metro Parks Tacoma, where she served as chief organizational development officer. In that role she led and developed districtwide strategy and policy in organizational development, employee and labor relations, human resources, internships and volunteer management and employee training. A resident of Frederickson, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in organizational systems renewal from Seattle University and a juris doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Mitchell is the daughter of a U.S. Army veteran and serves as a board member of Palmer Scholars and Fair Housing Center of Washington.
Catherine Rudolph, Strategic Advisor for Economic Development
Catherine Rudolph was the Government Affairs Director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors. In that capacity she worked on land use, transportation, education, and environmental policy development. She served as the Executive Director of the Australia New Zealand American Society in Seattle, and arranged trade and cultural exchanges.Rudolph worked in Marketing and Public Relations for technology companies including Wall Data, Genelex, CD-COM, and NAMSI. She was a campaign consultant and worked on campaigns up to the Presidential level.
Rudolph is a graduate of St. Martin’s University and holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Chris Cooley, Executive Budget Analyst
Chris Cooley is an alumnus of the University of Washington Foster School of Business and the University of Chicago Law School. His prior local and state government experience includes working with the City of Chicago and the Washington State Legislature. He has called Pierce County home for more than two decades.