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Faith Pettis


Faith Pettis serves as bond counsel and outside counsel to state and local governments, with a primary focus on housing, education, and nonprofit finance. Her clients range from state agencies and housing authorities to local school districts and include the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the issuer of nonprofit, multifamily, and single-family bonds and the allocating agency for federal low-income housing tax credits in Washington State. She also represents the Washington State issuer of bonds for private colleges and universities.

Prior to Pacifica, Faith practiced for 19 years with Preston Gates & Ellis and its successor firm, K&L Gates, where she served as the coordinator of the firm-wide public finance practice group. 

Faith was appointed in 2015 by the Mayor and City Council of Seattle to co-chair the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability task force, which was charged with delivering a ten year plan to address housing affordability in the City. She was also appointed in 2012 by the Governor of the State of Washington to chair the statewide Affordable Housing Advisory Board and also serves as a Trustee for College Spark Washington, an education grantmaking organization. Faith served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (“NABL”) from 2012 to 2015, and previously served as a NABL Director in 2010—2011.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Oregon


  • University of Washington, B.A., Russian language and Russian/East European area studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • National Taiwan Normal University, Mandarin Training Center, 1989—1990


  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, multiple years, 2007—2015
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2005—2007
  • Named Seattle’s Public Finance Lawyer of the Year for 2014 by Best Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Public Finance Law (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2010—2016
  • Selected as a leading lawyer in the Puget Sound region for 2012, as determined by her peers (Seattle Business Magazine)
  • Top 50: 2014 and 2015 Washington Women Super Lawyers and Top 100: 2014 Washington Super Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers 

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • Housing Washington, “Data to Policy: The State Housing Needs Assessment & The HALA” (October 2015)
  • National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities, “National Association of Bond Lawyers Update: Initiatives and Efforts Over the Last Year” (September 2015)
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Luncheon, “Seattle’s Affordable Housing Vision” (June 2015)
  • Housing Washington, “Washington State’s Housing Needs Assessment: Framework, Findings and Moving Forward” (October 2014)
  • ABA Affordable Housing Forum, “Tax Exempt Bonds 101″ (May 2014)
  • ABA Affordable Housing Forum, “Working with Allocating Agencies” (May 2013)
  • Housing Washington, “Get Shorty (How Short Term Bonds with FHA Financing Can Enhance Your Bottom Line)” (October 2013)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, “Multifamily Housing” (Multiple years)


  • Housing Will Become Even More Unaffordable if Seattle Doesn’t Act Now, Seattle Times Op-Ed, July 26, 2015, with David Wertheimer

Community Involvement:

  • Co-Chair, City of Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Task Force (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Washington State Department of Commerce (2012-current)
  • College Spark Washington, Trustee (current) and Chair, Grants Committee (2014-2015)
  • Seattle Children’s Theatre, Trustee (2005-2011) and Past Chair, Development Committee
  • Seattle Academy of Finance, Past Board Chair
  • Leadership Tomorrow Class of 1998

Professional Organizations:

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL), Board Member (2012-2015, 2010-2011)
  • NABL Bond Attorney’s Workshop, 2011 Chair
  • Multifamily Housing Panel, NABL Bond Attorneys Workshop, Chair (2006-2008)

Representative Matters:

  • Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority, $23 million Revenue Bonds (Gonzaga University Arena Project)
  • Washington State Housing Finance Commission, $10.5 million Nonprofit Revenue Bond (Camp Korey Acquisition Project)
  • Washington Economic Development Finance Authority, $30 million Variable Rate Demand Nonprofit Revenue Bonds (Seattle Goodwill Project)
  • Bethel School District, $30 million Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bonds
  • Snohomish County Housing Authority, $43.610 million Revenue Bonds (Squire and Kingsbury Mobile Home Park Preservation)