Crystal Fincher is a political consultant and host of Hacks & Wonks. (Courtesy of Crystal Fincher)

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Crystal Fincher
Principal at Fincher Consulting

Crystal Fincher is a political consultant and the Principal of Fincher Consulting, a full service political consulting firm that has helped local, legislative and statewide candidate campaigns, levies, and initiatives win on the west coast. Crystal's background in economic development and civic policy has informed her political career. She has served on the boards of the Kent Youth and Family Services and Tabor 100, as a Deputy on the Washington Roundtable, and on the City of Kent Land Use & Planning Board as the first African-American and youngest member in its history. Crystal also hosts the acclaimed Hacks & Wonks podcast, which is broadcast on KVRU and KODX FM.