Lobbying since: 2021
Clifford “Cliff” Cawthon, pro-housing coalition strategy manager, has been an educator, organizer, and freelance journalist. His political work before Sightline focused on advocating for tenant’s rights and affordable housing for displaced communities, as well as worker’s rights and other issues relating to racial and economic justice. His work has been both regional, with a focus on south King and Pierce counties, and taken him abroad. He has worked on several local electoral campaigns and achieved historic wins for Black and PoC candidates, and his victories have resulted in the expansion of regional transit and protections for tenant’s rights, and contributed to the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Washington state. He has taught political science at Bellevue College, in between his advocacy and coalition work, emphasizing civic engagement and activism to his students. He has published in local news outlets, writing on housing policy, civil rights issues, politics, and popular culture. He currently lives in Kent, with his fiancée, Monica. He received his Master of Arts degree in Human Rights and Political Science from the University of Manchester in the UK.
This lobbyist certified completion of required code of conduct training on 07/28/2021.