Noel's Story

State Representative Noel Frame was appointed to the Washington State Legislature in January 2016 and elected to a full term in November that year. She was motivated to run for office by a strong commitment to fully fund public schools by fixing our state’s regressive, upside-down and unfair tax code. Born and raised in Washington state, Noel’s experiences of attending the Battle Ground Public Schools in Clark County, as well as navigating the Seattle Public Schools on behalf of her younger cousins (for whom she was a primary caretaker/foster parent), have instilled in her a passion for creating a more equitable and just education system.

Growing up in a family that experienced intergenerational poverty, mental illness and the related challenges of abuse, addiction and incarceration, Noel offers a personal understanding of systemic issues facing families in crisis. She is devoted to improving the lives of children in foster care and our juvenile justice system, as well as tackling the root causes of these challenges, such as eradicating poverty and increasing access to quality healthcare.

Stand With Women Rally February 15, 2016

Noel is the Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee and serves on the Tax Structure Reform Work Group. She is also a member of the House Labor & Workplace Standards and House Early Learning & Human Services committees. She is the Co-Chair of the Children’s Mental Health Work Group and serves on the Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Justice System Improvement Task Force.

Noel has been committed to effecting social change through political action from an early age. She has two decades of experience as a community organizer under her belt. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a B.A. in Political Communication and a M.A in Political Management. Once in our nation’s capital, she earned a position with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s office.

Noel being sworn in as State Representative in January 2016, along with her parents.

After returning to Washington state, Noel worked on political campaigns and in the private sector, and was later hired on as the Director of Progressive Majority Washington, now known as Amplify. There, she worked to recruit, train and elect progressives to run for local and state public office, with a focus on those underrepresented in public life including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community and those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Today, Noel still finds time to travel across the country and state providing trainings on running for office, and coaching individual candidates.

As a part-time, citizen legislator, Noel now works as a community development and planning consultant at BDS Planning & Urban Design. As Senior Associate, her work allows her to collaborate with nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups and local municipalities to create positive change for their communities. Her experience working for a small business in Belltown gives her a unique perspective on the issues facing both employees and employers in small and growing companies.

Noel still has a strong connection to Clark County, in the southwest corner of our state, where she was raised and her parents still live. Noel has lived in the 36th District for 13 years and five years ago bought her first home, a fixer-upper in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Noel has a 100% voting history – has never missed a vote yet! Noel has a proven track record of being a voice for justice in the legislature.