Tom is a third generation Seattleite and has both a BA in Economics and a J.D. from the University of Washington.
Other than two years in the Army, he has never wandered far from home. Upon graduation from law school, Tom joined his father in the law practice and continues an active practice 48 years later. Tom has served on boards and leadership positions for Helpline House, a Bainbridge Island social service agency, the Bainbridge Library and the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society. He continues to serve on the UW Department of Economics Visiting Committee, the Northwest Kidney Centers Foundation and is assistant Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.
Tom grew up in a family that placed great importance on community service. Among other service commitments, his mother served for two years as the volunteer president of the Lighthouse for the Blind. Supporting the fine healthcare institutions of our community, and particularly the Eye Institute, comes easily for Tom. Tom is married to Carol A. Olson. They make their home in the Queen Anne Hill area.