Elected Olympia Port Commissioner in 2015, E.J. Zita works for economic sustainability, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. “We can do better, working together.”
Zita is a scientist, farmer, and teacher. She’s lived in rural Thurston County since 1995 years with her partner, an Army veteran of 23 years.
As chair of the Thurston County Agriculture Committee, Zita works to preserve farmland and promote agriculture. As President of the Salmon Creek Basin Neighborhood Association, she held the Port to higher standards in residential areas and near schools.
Appointed to the Port’s New Market Economic Development Advisory Committee, Zita represented concerned neighbors. Zita knows transparency and accountability can improve Port operations. Our taxes must be used for public good, not short term profits for a few. The Port must truly listen to the people, and plan with local agencies. Zita will lead the Port toward positive new opportunities, such as a Thurston Farm to Market Center and renewable energy. With her skills and vision, she will insist on wise economic investment that serves the whole community and enhances our local environment.
With a PhD in physics, Zita worked in industry and national laboratories, and currently teaches at Evergreen. On her ranch in south Thurston County, she raises beef and poultry with her family.
Zita keeps working to strengthen our neighborhoods, farms, environment, and economy.