District 7


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10th Floor RM 1046
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402

Derek Young

Councilmember, District 7

Originally born in Indiana, Derek moved to Gig Harbor with his family at the age of 8. He attended Peninsula public schools, and after coming home from college, Derek worked in the private sector in finance and consulting.


In 1997, at the age of 21, Derek was first elected to the Gig Harbor City Council. Winning reelection three more times, he spent 16 years leading locally and regionally on growth, transportation, and budget policy. In 2015 Derek was elected to the Pierce County Council winning reelection in 2019. As a member of the Council, Derek represents District #7, which covers the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas, Islands, and parts of North and West Tacoma.


A recognized leader on land use and environmental issues, Derek has chaired the Community Development Committee. He also serves on the Public Safety and Human Services Committees. As Executive Pro Tem he is a member of the Council’s Rules Committee.

Derek has focused on: 

Building healthy, sustainable communities while protecting critical habitat and rural lands.

Efficient transportation systems. 

Protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children.

Reliable behavioral and public health systems

Reforming our justice system.


Derek has represented Pierce County on many external boards and commissions at the regional and statewide level including:


National Association of Counties (Chair, Medicaid and Indigent Care Subcommittee)

Washington State Association of Counties (Co-chair, Legislative Steering Committee as well as the Federal policy and Law committees)

Puget Sound Regional Council (Growth Management Policy Board)

Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health (Vice-Chair, Board of Health)

Puget Sound Partnership (Ecosystem Recovery Board)


He also represents counties on the following state commissions and committees:


Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Criminal Sentencing Task Force

Tax Structure Work Group



2016 Pierce Conservation District - Elected Official Award

2019 Citizens for a Healthy Bay - Clean Water Hero in Elected Office

2019 Project Child Success - Early Learning Champion and Legislative Advocate

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Standing Committees & External Boards

Standing Committee Memberships

District 7 Councilmember Derek Young currently serves on the following standing committees.

Standing CommitteePosition
Rules and Operations CommitteeExecutive Pro- Tempore
Community Development Committee
Human Service CommitteeVice-Chair
Public Safety,Human Services and Budget Committee

External Boards & Commissions

District 7 Councilmember Derek Young currently serves on the following external boards and commissions.

Standing CommitteePosition
Alliance for a Healthy South Sound Executive Board
Executive Board of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
Joint Determining Board  
Performance Audit CommitteeMember
Flood Control Zone District Board of SupervisorsMember
Pierce County Regional CouncilMember
Pierce County Reserves Officers Board of TrusteesAlternate
Puget Sound Regional Council Executive BoardMember
Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy BoardMember
Puget Sound Regional Council Operations CommitteeMember
Rainier Communications CommissionMember
Sewerage & Water General Plan Review CommitteeMember
South Sound Military & Communities Partnership-
Elected Officials Council
Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory CommissionEx-Officio
Tacoma Pierce County Health BoardMember
Transfer of Development Rights CommitteeAlternate
Transportation Benefit DistrictMember
Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering CommitteeMember
Water Utility Coordinating CommitteeMember
West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER)Member
Zoo and Trek AuthorityMember

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Pierce County Council District 7
County-City Building 
10th Floor RM 1046

930 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402

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