Jean Soliz is a former gubernatorial policy adviser and cabinet member in the State of Washington. She earned a J.D. at the University of California at Davis, after receiving a B.A. in Communications and Political Science at the University of Washington. She co-authored an article entitled “They Don’t Get Paid for What They Do: The Funding Dilemma of AASCU Institutions in Washington” presented to the National Social Science Association in April, 1998. She is completing a biography on Edwin Pratt, a major civil rights leader in her home town of Seattle, Washington, who was assassinated within months after the slayings of Martin Luther King. Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.