The board has five members appointed by the governor for staggered, 6-year terms. Members are a mix of attorneys and former county or city elected officials, representing
three regions of the state.
Western Washington Region: This region includes all counties and cities west of the crest of the Cascade Mountains that are required to plan or choose to plan under the Growth Management Act but are not in the Central Puget Sound Board's jurisdictional boundaries.
Central Puget Sound Region: This region includes King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties and the cities within those counties.
Eastern Washington Region: This region includes all counties and cities east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains that are required to plan or choose to plan under the Growth Management Act.
Rick Eichstaedt, Chair
Rick Eichstaedt was appointed to the eastern Washington regional panel of the board in 2020. He previously served as the director of Gonzaga University’s environmental law clinic representing organizations and individuals on a variety of environmental and land-use matters in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He started his legal career as a staff attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe in north-central Idaho. During his seven years with the Tribe, he worked on a wide variety of water right, environmental, natural resource, cultural resource, and treaty rights protection cases. Mr. Eichstaedt also served as the executive director of the Center for Justice, a Spokane-based public interest law firm. Mr. Eichstaedt has a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and political science from Hamline University and a law degree with a certificate in environmental and natural resource law from the Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. Mr. Eichstaedt is licensed to practice law in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, as well as federal courts in all three states, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published articles on environmental and natural resources in various journals and legal publications.
Bill Hinkle was appointed to the eastern Washington regional pane of the board in August 2017. Mr. Hinkle started his career as a firefighter and paramedic, which he did for nearly two decades before becoming a planning commissioner in Kittitas County. In 1996, he was elected county commissioner and served as a county representative on the Shorelines Hearings Board. Voters elected him to the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served from 2002-2012. He has extensive private sector business experience, including financial services, real estate, and residential and commercial construction. During the past several years, Mr. Hinkle has operated a consulting business focused primarily on housing and health care and co-owns a family-operated restaurant with his wife and their two adult children in Ellensburg. Mr. Hinkle is a Washington native and attended South Puget Sound Community College, Tacoma Community College, and the University of Washington, where he studied advanced prehospital medicine. He received a master of arts degree in applied theology from the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
Mark began his legal career in Kittitas County in 2001, serving as a civil and criminal Deputy Prosecutor, and also served on the Planning Commission. In 2006, he was elected Kittitas County Commissioner and opened a general practice law firm. In 2011, Mark accepted a position in the Pacific County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He was later promoted to Chief and twice elected as Pacific County’s Prosecuting Attorney. Mark has also served as a Deputy Prosecutor in Lewis and Spokane County, where he served as their land use attorney and later Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor. After leaving Spokane County, Mark served as an Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Examiner before being appointed to the Growth Management Hearings Board.
James McNamara was appointed to the Growth Management Hearings Board in July 2020. He previously served on the board from 2006 to 2012. Before his most recent appointment, Mr. McNamara was the city attorney for Longview. He also has served as assistant city attorney for the cities of Bremerton, Federal Way, and Vancouver. Mr. McNamara has a bachelor of arts degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech, and a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
There is one vacancy on the board. See details about the openings and how to apply.
Apply to Serve on the Board
Visit the Governor’s Web site to find information about how to apply to serve on this board.