Term Expires: September 30, 2017
Ryan Durkan was appointed to the Board of Regents in December of 2011. She is an attorney with Hills Clark Martin & Peterson and specializes in real estate, land use and environmental law. In addition to her involvement with some of the state's most complex land use projects, Regent Durkan has actively participated in educational issues, serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees at both Seattle Preparatory School and Villa Academy in Seattle. Regent Durkan also served on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
Regent Durkan was appointed by Governors Locke and Lowry to chair the state's Land Use Study Commission during the period of 1995 to 1998. She is also a past chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Regent Durkan has been recognized for over ten years as a "super lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics, and is repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers in America. She is a frequent speaker on land use, real estate and environmental issues. In her private practice she represents both public and private companies in various legal matters. Regent Durkan has worked on a number of the region's most challenging projects including the State Convention Center, Union Station, Pioneer Square's North Lot development, Bellevue's review of the East Link Rail, and Bellingham's Central Waterfront Plan.
Regent Durkan is a 1978 graduate of WSU where she was a Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained her law degree from the University of Washington in 1981, where she served on the editorial board of the Washington Law Review and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif honor society. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in their favorite golfing, boating and traveling activities. Ms. Durkan and her husband, mediator Charles Burdell, make their home in Seattle.