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Public Utility Board

The five-member board oversees the operations of Tacoma’s electric and water utilities and industrial freight-switching railroad. The Tacoma City Council appoints the board members, and they serve five-year terms, unpaid.

Members of the Public Utility Board

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Mark Patterson, Chair
Term: 2012-2022

Mark Patterson is a Tacoma native and a business attorney with the local law firm Vandeberg, Johnson and Gandara. He has served on the boards of several non-profit and community organizations. He joined the Public Utility Board in 2012.

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Christine Cooley, Vice-chair
Term: 2018-2023

Christine Cooley is the Water Resource Program Manager for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Christine is the past chair of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with Forterra, the International Living Future Institute, and Tacoma Roots. She holds a Master of Business Administration from PLU and a Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University in Environmental Policy and Management.

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Carlos M. Watson, Secretary
Term: 2019-2024

Carlos M. Watson is a realtor with Keller Williams in Tacoma. He is a member of the NAACP, Tacoma Black Collective, National Association of Realtors, Mocha Mentoring, Tacoma Urban League, and 100 Black Men organization.  He attended Tacoma Community College and served in the US Navy as an avionics technician.

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Joe Bushnell
Term: 2020-2025

Joe Bushnell leads Local Government Affairs for the Washington Hospitality Association in Pierce County. He served over a decade in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Logistics Manager. He graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, and has a degree from The Evergreen State College, where he studied Political Science and Economics.

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Holland Cohen
Term: 2021-2026

Tacoma native, community advocate and volunteer Holland Cohen owns and manages a real estate brokerage that focuses on property management. She has served on several boards, most recently as chair of the Communities and Schools board and the Tacoma Historical Society. Together with her husband, Loren, Holland is an active supporter of the Rainbow Center, University of Washington Tacoma and other local organizations and causes.

You can reach board members by writing to the Public Utility Board, Tacoma Public Utilities, P.O. Box 11007, Tacoma, WA 98411, or by emailing