Dominga Soliz, Executive Director
Dominga Soliz was appointed executive director of ELUHO by Governor Jay Inslee in November 2021. Before joining ELUHO, Ms. Soliz worked for the Washington State Office of Risk Management representing the state’s self-insurance liability program in tort and civil rights lawsuits against the State. Her caseload included higher education, natural resources, corrections, and employment. Before that, she was the hearings administrator for the Washington State Department of Corrections, overseeing the program that conducted probation violation and sentence revocation hearings. She also worked as a risk mitigation manager for that department, acting as the client agency in claims and lawsuits. Ms. Soliz began state service as a policy and planning specialist for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, where she worked with stakeholders to set rules and priorities for habitat conservation and recreation grant programs and served as coordinator for the Habitat and Recreation Lands Coordinating Group. Ms. Soliz is a second-generation graduate of the University of California Davis’ King Hall School of Law and a graduate of The Evergreen State College.
Jamie Merly, Director of Legal and Administrative Services
Jamie Merly joined ELUHO as the director of Legal and Administrative Services in 2022. She has worked in legal support roles for more than fifteen years, both in private practice law firms and state government offices. Ms. Merly began working in legal management in 2019 while at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She is experienced in leading legal support team functions for matters argued before independent arbitrators, state boards and commissions, superior courts, U.S district courts, and state and federal appellate courts. She is a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt and also is Dare to Lead™ trained.
Elie Steinberg is a law clerk. Ms. Steinberg graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2022 with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and environmental studies from Kenyon College. While in law school, she clerked for the Columbia River Gorge Commission and Cascadia Wildlands, focusing on public lands and endangered species litigation in the Pacific Northwest.
Carrie Janway is a legal assistant.
Atraeyu Addessi is a legal assistant.
Mia Anderson is a legal assistant.
Destinee Chisa is a legal office assistant. Coming from the mortgage industry, she has taken on a brand-new challenge in a completely new arena. Destinee joins us with over 10 years of administrative experience supporting large and small teams. She is very eager to learn and looking forward to helping in such a different atmosphere.