Nina L. Carter


Board Member

Nina Carter was appointed to the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board in March 2009 by Governor Christine Gregoire. Ms. Carter’s background includes more than two decades in public and non-profit sector management, public policy and environmental conservation in Washington State. During the 1980-1990s, she served as a policy analyst and manager at the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, Office of Marine Safety and State Parks.

From 1990-1994, she served on the Olympia City Council when the city was in the midst of adopting their first land use plans under the Growth Management Act. Ms. Carter taught for 5 years as an adjunct professor in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College; her specialty areas was teaching students to understand the principles of environmental public policy, organizational management and budgeting, but also how to apply these principles to the daily work of the state legislature, county and city government and non-profit organizations.

From 2001-2009, Ms. Carter worked for the National Audubon Society, first as the Washington State lobbyist and policy director, then as the Executive Director for 20,000 Audubon members in Washington State. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and labor studies (1982) and a Master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College (1984). Ms. Carter’s family originally settled a Donation Land Claim on Whidbey Island, Washington in 1852, but she was born in the Philippine Islands, lived in Europe, North Africa and Japan. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas B. Rainey, live in Olympia, Washington.