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Commission Chair Oscar Eason, Jr.

Representing King County

First Term Appointed February 2, 2006

First Term Expires November 20, 2008

Second Term Appointed April 20, 2009

Second Term Expires November 20, 2011

Third Term Appointed January 3, 2012

Third Term Expires November 20, 2014

 

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Biography

Mr. Oscar Eason, Jr., a licensed professional engineer, is Assistant to the Chief, Engineering Division, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, Washington. He is an Army veteran who served in both Korea and Vietnam. As a civilian, he served in Operations Desert Shield and Storm assisting the Kuwaiti government in making the country habitable for its citizens. He earned a Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering at Prairie View A&M University, and a Master of Science degree in engineering from St. Mary’s University.

Mr. Eason is currently the State Conference President of the NAACP Alaska/Oregon/Washington, member of the Seattle-King County Dispute Resolution Center Board, member of the University of Washington Minority Community Advisory Committee, member of the Highline YMCA Board, past National President of Blacks In Government (BIG) and former President of the Seattle Branch NAACP.

In 1995, he planned and conducted a hearing on affirmative action in Washington, D. C. where over 100 organizations shared their views for the record. From that hearing, a report, Affirmative Action and Beyond, was produced, which represents one of the most current comprehensive documents addressing the educational, social, and economical implications of affirmative action.

Mr. Eason also coordinated the Equal Opportunity Summit that was held at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. in May of 1997. The Summit brought testimonies from individuals who have been personally harmed by discriminatory policies and practices. The report from the Summit, Report on Racism and Disparate Treatment in the Public Sector, offers recommendations to help alleviate the many problems associated with discrimination.

Mr. Eason is the 1996 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Affirmative Action, selected by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was also awarded the NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks Keeper of the Flame National Award in 1998 for “significant contributions to promoting civil rights, and continuing commitment and work in the area of equal opportunity.”

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