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40/40: Families, Community & Justice

Sep 27, 2017 - 04:14 PM

Since joining South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity three years ago, Shawna Dutton has tripled the non-profit’s annual giving campaign donations, while also creating lasting relationships between the agency and its partner families. If only for this, she'd be worthy of “40 Under Forty” recognition for accomplishment, but there is so much more.

“Shawna is non-stop (in terms of) outreach and natural connectivity,” wrote her boss in his nomination. “Her ‘make everyone smile’ approach to work and life is both remarkable and contagious. Since (she) came on board, SPS Habitat has truly found our place on the map.”

Not bad accolades for a young professional who was the youngest (and only female) in her class to earn a 100-ton maritime captain license when she was only 21 years old. Shawna and her now husband created and operated a sport fishing & sightseeing charter vessel in southeast Alaska during the summers, while attending Western Washington University.

Since moving to Olympia, Dutton has made impacts with the Junior League, Gateway Rotary, Thurston County and Lacey South Sound chambers of commerce, and as a volunteer with Little Red School House.

“I’m working to prove wrong the saying ‘You can’t have it all' by advancing in my career, while being a full-time mother to my 18-month-old daughter,” she says. Little Lexi came to the office with her mom for her first 10 months in the kind of accommodation that’s more possible at a not-for-profit work site. “You can have both a career and an amazing family – you just have to work A LOT!”

One surmises that there will be even more reasons in the years going forward for inclusion of Shawna Dutton in 2017 “40 Under Forty” recognition.

When he was 15 years old, Joshua Brumley was working at Lakewood Hardware & Paint, hoisting heavy buckets, etc. That muscle-building experience proved to be stimulating, as he paid much more attention to his studies thereafter and earned his undergraduate degree from UWT.

Law school in Florida followed, thanks to a generous scholarship package, and he simultaneously earned an MBA before being a staff attorney in a state court operation. He even had time in 2014 to be named on a “Top 40 Talent” list published by a business magazine there. But it wasn’t home.

Josh returned to the South Sound and now is managing partner of Brumley & Hull PLLC in downtown Kent, where he, his partner and associated lawyers represent clients from all walks of life in family law, business cases, personal injury and even criminal defense.

“I intend to grow the firm to be able to reach as many members of the community who need legal help, but could not afford it through the current pricing at large firms,“ Brumley explains.

A long-time volunteer at Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center, member of Tacoma Young Lawyers, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and two tribal bar groups, he has appeared in at least nine counties around the state, as well as U.S. District Court for Western Washington. All of which has driven a 200-percent growth rate for his firm in the past six months.

Meet Shawna and Josh, plus 38 other remarkable members of 2017’s 40 Under Forty cohort at the celebration of their honors on Wednesday, October 11, at Foss Waterway Seaport in downtown Tacoma. It begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the recognition program will conclude before 8 o’clock.  Tickets are available at this link.

            

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