Donna Sinclair is a History professor, author, former Washougal Planning Commission member, Democratic Precinct Committee officer (Precinct 912), and board director for the Washougal School District. She serves as the district’s legislative liaison and also received the Governor’s appointment to the Washington School Director Association’s Government to Government Committee for Tribal Sovereignty in 2018.
Sinclair has been a public historian since the late 1990s and worked with multiple community partners, including the Chinook Indian Nation, the Confluence Project, the National Park Service, regional historical societies, and other non-profits. Her print publications range from those focusing on Vancouver Barracks, Columbia River History, and the Civilian Conservation Corp to and representation in the U.S. Forest Service, among others. Sinclair’s non-political public service has centered around education, professional associations, mentoring students, and community-based history.
Sinclair began making a living through transcribing oral interviews while going to school and raising three children alone. As she earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU Vancouver, a Master’s in History and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. She then became an oral historian and transferred her listening skills to issues associated with communities. For the past several years, she has worked with the Clark County Historical Museum and WSU Vancouver on “Clark County Stories,” a project that includes an exhibit and oral histories about long-term Clark County community members and those who have migrated here over the past 50 years.
Sinclair’s deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, lifelong connection to Clark County, understanding of the region’s history, and passion for long-term community sustainability make her not only qualified, but also the best candidate for Washington State Representative in the 18th LD.
Donna Sinclair is a mother and a grandmother and lives with her husband, Eugene "Bud" Harris in Washougal.