February 23, 2022

Seattle attorney Jocelyn Cooney has joined the Public Disclosure Commission.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Cooney on Feb. 7, for a term that runs through Dec. 31, 2026.

A 2015 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Cooney is a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Special Assault Unit.

“I’m looking forward to assisting the PDC in its 50th year and beyond as it continues to improve access to information about political campaigns, lobbyists and public officials,” Cooney said.

Cooney’s appointment returns the Commission to its full complement of five members. Allen Hayward joined the Commission as its fourth member in September 2021. 

“We are happy to be back to a full roster on the Commission and look forward to the added perspective and professional skills Jocelyn will bring to the table,” Commission Chair Fred Jarrett said.

Cooney’s professional background includes work as a judicial law clerk in the Tulalip Tribal Court, and internships in the state Attorney General’s office and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

Cooney is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and during law school was named the Native American Law Scholar by Seattle University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked on issues pertaining to sexual assault and domestic violence and co-founded a group called Students Against Sexually Exploited Youth.