Hilary S. Franz was sworn in as Washington’s 14th Commissioner of Public Lands on January 11, 2017.

Prior to being elected Commissioner, Franz was executive director of Futurewise, an organization committed to implementing smart, sustainable land use and transportation policies. In this role, she brought together local governments, non-profit organizations and citizen groups to blend land use with environmental protection and stronger local economies.

She served four years on the Bainbridge Island city council, where she developed nationally-recognized environmental and energy policies and programs with diverse coalitions of public and private stakeholders.

In addition, Franz has served on numerous state and regional boards and commissions, working to strengthen and protect both the environment and local economies.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a juris doctor from Northeastern University Law School.

Commissioner Franz is married with three sons.