BIPOC Economic Summit

Eastern & Central Washington
BIPOC Economic Summit

NOVEMBER 15, 2022

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm via ZOOM

BIPOC Economic Summit Videos

Powerpoint Slides

SBA Slides

Solicitor General Slides

Legislative Session Slides

This Economic Development Summit addresses the needs and disparate treatment of Central and Eastern Washington BIPOC communities, consultants, and contractors in endeavoring to receive equal opportunity and fair treatment for receiving state contracts.

The summit will cover:

  • Affirmative Action status in Washington in light of Governor’s January 2022 Executive Orders 22-01, 22-02
  • Barriers to BIPOC consultants and contractors receiving awards
  • Legislative Panel to address elimination of barriers to BIPOC Contract Awards


Michael Fong
US Small Business Administration
Regional Administrator, Pacific Northwest

Noah Purcell
Solicitor General,
Washington State

Legislative Panel

Andy Billig
Senate Maj. Leader, 3LD

Marcus Riccelli
House Maj. Whip, 3LD

Timm Ormsby
Chair of House Appropriations
Committee, 3LD

Monica Jurado Stonier
House Maj. Floor Leader 49LD

Program Agenda
(Presenters subject to change)

Moderator  – Lynn French, CEO, Global Business Development, LLC
Welcome/Opening Statement                   
Francis Adewale, Attorney, Board Chair, AHANA

Issues Overview:
Lynn French, MHA, JD
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Federal Small Business Contracting Models for BIPOC, Women, and Economically Disadvantaged Small Business Enterprises
Mike Fong, Regional Administrator,
U.S. Small Business Administration, Pacific Northwest Region
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Legal Status of Washington’s Affirmative Action Laws in view of US Supreme Court Hearings
Solicitor General Noah Purcell,
WA State Attorney General’s Office
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
BREAK         2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Central & Eastern WA Economic Recovery – Legislative Proposals

  • Colette Taylor, Ed.D. Seattle University
  • Marvo Reguindin, Executive Director, AHANA
  • Anthony Peterson, Acting Executive Director, OIC of WA

Legislative Panel:
  • Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig
  • Marcus Riccelli, Majority Whip, House of Representatives
  • Rep. Timm Ormsby, Chair, House Appropriations Committee

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Q&A, Summation, Adjournment4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Summit Organizers

Lynn French, MHA, JD
CEO, Global Business Development, LLC

Moderator/Lead Organizer

Marvo Reguindin
Executive Director,
AHANA, Spokane


Colette Taylor, Ed.D.
Professor, Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Directions – Seattle University. Director of Center for Social Transformation & Leadership


Anthony Peterson
Acting Executive Director,
OIC of Washington, Yakima

Francis Adawale
Attorney, Board Chair, AHANA, Spokane


Julius H. Moss, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator 
Kinesiology Department,
Seattle University 

Stacy Hicks, Ed.D.
Program Assistant, Center for Social Transformation & Leadership,
Seattle University

Sameth Mell
Project Director, Partners
in Change Program, Seattle

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