about: biography of Lauri Hennessey

Lauri Hennessey began her career in the newsroom at KIRO radio twenty years ago. In the years after that, she worked as a press secretary in Washington, D.C. for two Northwest Members of Congress, ran a large public affairs office for a Northwest federal land management agency, and worked as a special assistant for the regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

As the Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and Washington, Lauri worked closely on issues involving forestry, salmon, growth management, tourism, and much more. She supervised a large staff, and was directly responsible for Congressional relations, and was the lead spokesperson for the agency in the Northwest. She was also loaned to the office that implemented the Northwest Forest Plan, then President Clinton's attempt to end long-running debates over Northwest forests, and worked with the White House on message development, organized press conferences, and worked with local governments. At the EPA, Lauri worked with the Regional Administrator, and worked closely with the public on his behalf.

Today, Lauri works primarily with non-profit organizations (including Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Camp Fire USA's Central Puget Sound Council) government agencies (including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the City of Seattle) and grassroots campaigns (she recently ran the public relations and outreach for Judith Billings, who ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State). She has contacts across the Oregon and Washington news media. She is an adept writer, and has been published regionally and nationally. For the last five years, she has written a monthly column for two local newspapers (The Vashon Island Beachcomber and the West Seattle Herald) on children's issues.

Lauri is married, has three children, and lives on Vashon Island. She was on the board of the Vashon PTSA and the local youth agency (Vashon Youth and Family Services) and currently is a Vashon Parks Commissioner.