Born in Georgia, Tammy was raised in Olympia while her father was stationed at Ft. Lewis. She attended Pierce College where she earned an AA degree. She then earned her degree in Business Administration at the University of Puget Sound. Tammy was the first in her family to graduate from a four year institution. After graduation and without much luck securing a job in the marketing field, she began thinking about other career paths. Tammy reached out to a former professor, who encouraged her to pursue a law degree.
Tammy worked hard and was accepted into New England School of Law (Boston). During her second year she interned for the City of Boston (Torts Division). She was also a member of the Criminal and Civil Commitment Law Journal and served as a Technical Editor during her last year of law school. Tammy participated in New England Law’s consortium, which allowed her to be a visiting student at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA. After graduation, she sat for both the California and Washington State bar exams. She passed both and is currently licensed in both states.
Tammy returned to Olympia to assist her father who was undergoing cancer treatment. During that time, she volunteered her time at the Thurston County Public Defenders office, which motivated her to pursue a career as a criminal defense attorney. In time, she secured a position as a public defender in the Misdemeanor Unit. For the last two years she served in the Mental Health Court.
When Tammy is not zealously advocating for her clients, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her dog, and craft projects.