Board of Directors
Spokane Clean Air is governed by a 5-member Board of Directors who convene monthly meetings to conduct Agency business.
The board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise publicized. In 2020, the January and the July board meeting will be held on the second Thursday. The meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Agency's office, 3104 E. Augusta Avenue, Spokane, WA 99207.
Agendas are posted on the agency's homepage under "Hearings & Notices" a week prior to each meeting. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. All meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations, call (509) 477-4727, 48 hours in advance.
Al French, Chair
Spokane County representative
Term expires 12/31/22
Al French is a Spokane County Commissioner. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, Al moved to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Business Finance in 1977. Prior to his election to the Spokane City Council in 2002, Al served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the region, especially donating his service and expertise to neighborhood committees in Spokane. Al has more than 30 years of experience as a successful businessman, architect, investment consultant, and developer in the Spokane region.
Citizen, Member-at-Large Representative
Term expires 12/31/20
Tom Brattebo holds Bachelor Degrees in Political Science from Washington State University and Education from Eastern Washington University. He is retired from Kaiser Aluminum management and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served on the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s Advisory Council for seven years prior to his appointment to the Board in June 2009. Tom is active in local environmental advocacy, including air and water quality and youth outdoor environmental education. He has served as an AmeriCorps member implementing the No-Idle Zone program for Spokane Clean Air and as an educator at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.
City of Spokane representative
Term expires 12/31/21
Elected in 2019, Michael Cathcart represents Northeast Spokane (District 1) on the Spokane City Council. For more than a decade, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve our community by working both inside and outside of government. Michael spent two years working for Sen. Michael Baumgartner as his Legislative Aide and five more years working with the Spokane Home Builders Association advocating for smarter local housing policies. In the last few years, he has served as Executive Director of Better Spokane (a position he still holds) working to improve the region's business climate.
Michael's priorities include fighting to secure more resources for Northeast Spokane—our City's oft-forgotten district, as well as working to improve policies addressing crime, street maintenance, living wage job growth, housing, and homelessness. Michael is also incredibly passionate about government transparency and accountability and plans to make this a big emphasis during his term.
Prior to joining Council, Michael has served as a Neighborhood Chair, a member of the Community Assembly, and selected to serve on several task forces related to housing, employment, and comprehensive plan updates. In 2016, the Spokane Association of Realtors presented Michael with their Community Partner of the Year award.
Kevin Freeman, Vice Chair
Small Cities/Towns Representative
Term expires 12/31/23
Kevin Freeman is the Mayor of Millwood, Washington.
City of Spokane Valley Representative
Term expires 12/31/23
Rod Higgins is currently serving as councilmember for the City of Spokane Valley. He has served on the Spokane Valley City Council, at times the Mayor, since February 2013. He is a retired director of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, Higgins holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Idaho. In addition to involvement in a number of community and professional organizations, he served as a City of Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner from January 2012 until his appointment to the Council in February 2013.