About the Clemency and Pardons Board

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate (RCW 9.94A.880(1). Members of the Board serve terms of four years or until their successors are appointed (RCW 9.94A.880(2)). Learn more about the Board bylaws (PDF).

In order to maintain the highest level of ethical standards and to protect the fairness of the proceeding, a board member will not discuss a petition pending before the Board, or a matter anticipated to be presented to the Board, with anyone outside of the quarterly hearings. Please do not contact a member of the Board about a petition.

Board members

Evelyn P. Yenson: Chairperson. Yenson is a third-generation Chinese born in South Africa, lived under apartheid, and is now a proud U.S. citizen. She earned her BA from the College of New Rochelle, NY, and an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Yenson was an urban planner in New York and Seattle. Her experience includes Director of the Vancouver EXPO 1986, Washington State Lottery, Department of Licensing, and Seattle Chinese Garden. She was also the Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for Scientific Games. Yenson retired as the Interim Advancement Director for the Seattle Colleges. She was a member and Chair of the Washington State Ethics board. Currently, Yenson is on the board of HistoryLink, GAGV Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, and Seattle Chinese Garden. Member Yenson was appointed to the Board in October 2015.

Rhonda Salvesen: Vice Chairperson. Salvesen is a Washington State and Nationally Certified Court Reporter. She worked in King County Superior Court since 1996 as a court reporter in numerous criminal, civil and family law cases. She then worked as a bailiff for Justice Mary Yu and as her judicial assistant on the Washington State Supreme Court. Member Salvesen retired from King County in 2016 after working as a bailiff for Judge Elizabeth Berns, and is currently working in the airline industry where she is a shop steward for Local Lodge 1351 of IAM District 141. Member Salvesen was appointed to the Board November 2018.

Doug Baldwin Jr.: Member. Managing Director of Vault 89 Ventures, CEO of Ventrk, and Founder of the Family First Community Center Foundation. Doug is a philanthropic activist and investor with a passion for creating empathic solutions to complex problems. As the recipient of the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service Award, the former Seattle Seahawk and Super Bowl Champion is, most importantly, a devoted husband and father. He was appointed to the board in 2022.

Kazi Joshua: Member. Joshua currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He was trained as a Theologian at Yale University and University of Chicago and has served as a faculty member, administrator and Dean at several higher education institutions prior to joining Whitman College as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer in 2014. He was appointed to the board in 2022.

Raymond Delos Reyes: Member. Raymond Delos Reyes is a first-generation Filipino American, born in Seattle and a native of the Rainier Valley neighborhood. Delos Reyes is an attorney, currently providing public defense services in King County to parent who are subject to dependency/CPS petitions. Delos Reyes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, graduating with a BA in Sociology. He later received his JD from Seattle University School of Law, enrolled in their part-time law program while working full-time at The Boeing Company. His prior experience includes working as associate attorney with a civil law firm (working in litigation and municipal practice areas) and as a public defender with the King County Department of Public Defense. In addition to his work, Delos Reyes is a 2016 Fellow of the Washington Leadership Institute and was a long-time board member of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington. He was also an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law and was an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Law. Delos Reyes also served as a Judge, Pro Tem for the City of Edmonds. Member Delos Reyes was appointed to the board in July 2023.


For information about the Clemency and Pardons Board, or the clemency and pardons process, please contact:

Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 40116
Olympia, WA 98504
360- 586-0047

Telework Cell: 360-463-1128