Board of Directors
Per state law, Spokane Clean Air is governed by a 5-member Board of Directors, with one representative (or their appointee) from Spokane County, City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, and Spokane County's Small Cities and Towns. The citizen-at-large position is appointed by the other four board members.
Our Board of Directors believes that a fully-funded, technically-capable, and locally-controlled air quality agency is necessary to the environmental and economic health of Spokane County.
The board holds monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month, at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise publicized. Currently, meetings are being held virtually. At least one week prior to the meeting, the agenda (which includes remote/call-in information) is posted on the agency's website, under "Hearings & Notices." Residents are encouraged to attend. All in-person 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 12/31/24
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.
Kevin Freeman, Vice Chair
Small Cities/Towns Representative
Term expires 12/31/23
Kevin Freeman was first elected Mayor of Millwood in November, 2013 and took office as Millwood's ninth mayor in January, 2014. He was elected to a second term in November of 2017. He previously served on both the Millwood City Council and the Millwood Planning Commission. In addition to his duties as Mayor, he sits on the Board of Directors for both the Spokane Regional Health District and the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.
A resident of Millwood since 1998, he was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of the University of Idaho. A hydrogeologist by trade, he is the owner of a consulting firm with clients across the Pacific Northwest. He is married and the proud father of two young adults.
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.
City of Spokane Representative
Term expires 12/31/21
Jim Simon joined Gonzaga University as its first Director of Sustainability after serving Buffalo and Western New York in various professional and volunteer capacities. At Gonzaga, Jim is working to add capacity to their missioned goal of being a climate neutral campus by 2050. Jim also serves as the Chair of the Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO) and is a member of the Sustainability Action Sub-Committee of the Spokane City Council. Through engaging the campus and the community in new and different ways, Jim fosters a culture of sustainability that is resilient and responsive to the dynamics of our changing world. Keep an eye out for Jim and his son Porter as they commute around Spokane on their cargo bicycle.