Teri Nomura – 2017 Woman of Excellence

Teri Nomura Woman of Excellence 2017

2017 recipient of AAUW Port Townsend Woman of Excellence Award
News links that illustrate the many facets of Teri’s support of her community over the years.

From Carol Andreasen, our 2016/17 Woman of Excellence Chair:
As a real estate agent, Teri works with young realtors providing opportunities that will help them obtain leads, referrals and navigate through the foreseen and unforeseeable steps that can make or break a sale.

Teri has been a long been a part of the community conversation about addressing the need for affordable housing. She put together a board for REPAH (Real Estate Professionals for Affordable Housing) to help the community’s vulnerable families and seniors with home repairs and other assistance that would allow these people to stay in their homes and is currently involved in creating a coalition of agencies and the city in an effort to leverage her late father’s property at the corner of San Juan and Discovery to create a visionary affordable housing project.

Teri is involved in many community activities. She is a part of the Fund for Women and Girls Wearable Art Show team, where she works tirelessly to help those who participate in the show and share her own designs and professionalism.

In 2006 she stepped up to be Chair of the local Democratic Party to bring together a new team of volunteers and mend damaged relationships. As a result the state party recognized her with the Magnuson Award for Chair of the Year. She has also provided training for online data entry into a complex database and logistics training for teams to lead successful caucuses.

As a member of the Wild Olympic Salmon, one of the first groups of volunteers to work toward restoration of runs of Chum and Coho salmon, she was instrumental in the creation of a quilt depicting salmon and watersheds and helped design a tracking game to draw citizens out into the many habitats of salmon in Jefferson County.

She also supported the drive to pass Proposition One, an effort to save Parks and Rec and other community Programs.

Ruth Gordon, Jefferson County Clerk, who nominated Teri, describes her as “a natural leader whose effectiveness is such that people want to follow her and emulate her methods.”