David Ammons, Chair
Commissioner Ammons retired in 2017 after a long career in journalism and state government. He was political writer and columnist for The Associated Press for 38 years, hosted “Inside Olympia” on TVW, and served as communications director and senior policy adviser for the Office of Secretary of State for more than eight years. He writes, lectures and does public speaking, and advocates for civics, civility and civic engagement. Commissioner Ammons is involved with many state and local charitable organizations. He is a board member for the Washington State Parks Foundation and was a longtime trustee for the Washington State Historical Society and president of the area mental health board. He is a leader in the Presbyterian Church. He is a journalism and political science graduate of the University of Washington, lives in Olympia and has two adult children, Jennifer and Jonathan.
Fred Jarrett, Vice Chair
Commissioner Jarrett recently retired following nearly a decade as the Senior Deputy County Executive where he led the executive branch of King County government, the King County Executive Leadership Team, the Executive’s Best Run Government Initiative and improvements to local and contract public service delivery. He was awarded the King County Executive’s first leadership award for his work. Previously a state senator, Commissioner Jarrett also served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor, city council and school board member. He also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company.
William Downing, Member
Commissioner Downing retired from his 40-year public service career in early 2017. Following 12 years in the office of Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng, he served for 28 years as Judge of the King County Superior Court. During this time, he worked to enhance public understanding of the law as longtime Chair of the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and the Bench-Bar-Press Liaison Committee. He also has written numerous high school mock trial cases for the YMCA as well as op-ed pieces and book reviews focusing on legal issues. Downing has been named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the University of Washington Law School and has received the Williams Nevins and Robert Utter Awards for promoting ethical and democratic values. In 2018, the Council on Public Legal Education presented him with its “Flame of Democracy Award.” He is currently doing part-time work as a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He and his wife, Laura, reside in Seattle and have an adult son, Sam.
Russell Lehman, Member
Commissioner Lehman has served as legislative counsel at the Connecticut and Washington legislatures as well as a policy adviser to Governor Mike Lowry. He founded and was director of two nonprofits, and was executive director of a third. He has taught public administration at the graduate level at Seattle University and The Evergreen State College and nonprofit leadership at The University of Oregon. He is an attorney who has been in both private and public practice and has worked for and consulted with numerous Indian tribes. He lives in Olympia.
Nancy L. Isserlis, Member
Commissioner Isserlis is a lawyer with Winston & Cashatt, where she focuses on insolvency, restructuring and commercial practice. She rejoined the firm in 2016 after serving four years as Spokane City Attorney. Isserlis has been in practice in Spokane since 1981. She served as the Regional Directing Attorney for Columbia Legal Services for five years and, more recently, as a board member for Pioneer Human Services and the Endowment for Equal Justice. She is a past member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and past chair of the Spokane City Ethics Committee. Isserlis is well versed in campaign finance law and disclosure, having chaired or managed dozens of campaigns.
Peter Frey Lavallee, Executive Director
As Executive Director since June 2017, Peter has overseen a period of rapid growth and reform at the Public Disclosure Commission. He worked closely with the Legislature and Governor’s office to secure new resources and tools for the agency, modernizing its operations and fostering its mission to promote confidence in the political process. Prior to joining the PDC, Peter served as Communications Director and co-chair of the Operations Committee for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Previously, Peter worked as a Wall Street investment banker, including as a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisition group at Merrill Lynch, where he advised clients on transactions totaling several billion dollars. An attorney, Lavallee served as general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed technology company and worked in private practice, including providing legal advice to political campaigns. In the 1990s, as Administrator of the Clinton Legal Expense Trust, Peter oversaw the nonpartisan legal defense fund for the U.S. President. He received his MBA from the Yale School of Management, his JD from Tulane Law School and his BA from Columbia University.