Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn – who represents District 2, which includes most of the Spokane Valley – has got a new job.
On Wednesday, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation announced that O’Quinn had been named the chief executive officer for the organization, one of the region’s largest philanthropic organizations.
“I am honored to assume the responsibility of leading an organization that has had such a positive impact on our region,” O’Quinn stated. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a team whose culture if focused on connecting people who care with causes that matter.”
O’Quinn will resign her spot on the board of county commissioners, and the two remaining members will then choose a replacement.
O’Quinn, a Republican, was elected county commissioner in 2012 and was re-elected in November 2016. The Spokane County Republican Party will nominate three candidates, and the commissioners will have 60 days from the date of the vacancy to choose one of the three. If that doesn’t happen, then the governor has 30 additional days to make an appointment.
Prior to being elected county commissioner, O’Quinn was the director of education and workforce development for Greater Spokane Inc. for five years. She was previously employed at INWCF as a senior program officer from 2007 to 2008, and has nonprofit experience with the George Nethercutt Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
O’Quinn is a native of Spokane Valley and a graduate from Central Valley High School. She has two boys, ages 17 and 11. She is a graduate of Whitworth University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. She completed her MBA at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif.