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Nicollette Combs

Class 11

Nicollette Combs (she/her) is a Pasifika woman, mother, and advocate in Tacoma, WA. After her family immigrated from Samoa to the Salishan community, her grandfather, Laupula Roe, instilled in her and her cousins the value of higher education. That message stuck with her as she moved through a system that was not made for her or others like her family. Currently serving as associate dean of high school programs at Renton Technical College, she previously served as a program manager and education advocate with one of her favorite organizations, Northwest Education Access. She is an elected precinct committee officer (PCO) for the 27th Legislative District, and volunteers in community whenever possible. She is committed to working towards justice in our education systems and uplifting the voices of young folks in our communities. She loves trips to Olympus Spa, karaoke, eating, laughing and spending time with her kids and husband David Combs.