Ms. Coughlin became Director of Communications at the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in January 2015. She serves on SHA’s Executive Cabinet, providing counsel and oversight to ensure effective communication with the Board, residents and clients, elected officials, partner agencies, media, the public, employees and other stakeholders. Most recently, Ms. Coughlin served as a director with the international Marine Stewardship Council, an organization devoted to environmental, food security and economic sustainability of the global seafood industry, as well as a consultant with the Daniel J. Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She served as Communications Director for the State of Washington in the administration of former Governor Chris Gregoire, and has held top communications leadership positions with The Seattle Times Company and the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties. Prior to her career in management and corporate communications and public affairs, Ms. Coughlin worked as a journalist.