Doug Mah, Former Mayor

Term of Office

Photograph of Doug Mah, Mayor of OlympiaMayor: 01/01/2008-12/31/11
Councilmember: (1st term) 01/01/2002-12/31/2005
                          (2nd term) 01/01/2006-until elected Mayor

How to Contact

Mail:    Olympia City Council
            PO Box 1967
            Olympia, WA 98507-1967
Phone: 360.753.8447 (City Council office)

Correspondence to the Mayor, including email,
is a public record potentially eligible for release.

Biographical Information

Doug was first elected to the City Council in 2001, and took office that year. Doug is the second person of color to serve on the City Council and was re-elected to a second term in 2005. In 2007, he was elected Mayor and is the first person of Chinese-American descent to serve as Mayor of the Capital City.

A native Washingtonian, Doug moved to Olympia in 1989 to accept a job with the State Office of Financial Management following graduation from Western Washington University. Doug has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Sociology/ Demography. He has held positions in State Government as a research, policy, and budget analyst. Doug is currently employed as a Policy Manager with the State Department of Information Services.

Prior to taking office, Doug served on the Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Olympia Policing Advisory Committee, and as President of the Woodfield Neighborhood Association. Doug currently volunteers on the nonprofit Board of Directors for the Thurston County Foodbank and United Way of Thurston County. Doug is also a member of the Olympia Kiwanis Club and the Olympia /Thurston Chamber of Commerce.

Doug and his wife and daughter live in Southeast Olympia. Doug enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. Prior to running for public office, Doug played drums with the "Blues Torpedoes", a local blues band. Their locally recorded CDs can be found at any Timberland Regional Library.

Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments

Priorities as Mayor

  • Create and sustain a welcoming and safe downtown that is economically and culturally vibrant.
  • Encourage and expand public, private, and nonprofit partnerships as a way to leverage resources and expertise to achieve our community goals.
  • Protect and restore the water quality in Budd Inlet and the marine and fresh waterways of Puget Sound.
  • Improve how the city delivers services by making them effective, efficient, and capable of meeting the changing needs of our community.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Water Resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation
  • Budget and Finance