Lillian’s job experiences include: serving as the Clinical Director of a Mental Health Center, Regional Coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, Education Advisor for the Department of Children and Family Services, and Director and Founder of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth.

Lillian lives in Mukilteo and has three children. They have grown up in the Mukilteo School District.  A trained counselor she works to bring people together and build consensus to find a common middle ground on a daily basis.

Lillian is a counselor in the Everett School District where she works with youth in both a teaching and counseling capacity.  Throughout her career Lillian has worked in a variety of child service organizations that has given her a deep appreciation and understanding for human services and what they can do to help families and children. She understands the importance of addressing the “whole child”. This includes, their families and issues such as jobs; homelessness; mental and health care; and many more.


KSER Voice of the Community, Community Leader Award

NW ASIAN WEEKLY, Women of Power in Education Award





Lillian’s day doesn’t end when the school bell rings. Lillian’s in her fifth year as the 21st Legislative District State Representative. She loves meeting with constituents after work and enjoys working on upcoming legislation during the interim. She is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic Caucus; and serves on the Education Committee; the Early Learning and Human Services and Transportation Committees. She also serves on the Rules Committee.  Lillian is a member of the the Legislators Educational Opportunity Gap Committee. Advocating for children and families in a wholistic way is her passion.

A proud mother, Lillian enjoy’s her three children.  Leanna who graduated from Columbia University in Chicago. She is a teacher and a photographer and she and her wonderful husband, Johnny have a beautiful daughter, Addie.  Her son Tyler is a Junior at Washington State University pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Kayla is her youngest and is a Sophomore at  Hamilton College in Central New York.

Lillian has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Welcome Letter


Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting my campaign website! I am wrapping up my fifth session in Olympia and this continues to be an amazing experience.

The 21st Legislative District is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family and I am committed to working toward a brighter future for all.  I have worked hard to fully funding education. Supporting teachers, smaller class sizes, removing barriers and providing supportive services for children and their families, is critical to assuring academic success for all our kids. Serving on the Education Committee has given me the opportunity of a life time, one I don’t take lightly. I will continue to use my voice to represent the voices of so many students who have been silenced for far too long.

Last year, I worked hard to ensure that Snohomish County was well represented in our transportation package. We allocated millions of dollars for projects in our county,  translating into hundreds of jobs, and many multi-modal projects for our area.

I continue to work to provide greater access to higher education, worker retraining, protecting our environment and to make government work to address these issues by prioritizing people over corporate tax loopholes.

Safe communities mean secure families and I continue to push for investments in our local public safety personnel. Investing in mental health for our children and adults is no longer an option. We are failing to meet the needs of many, many who are giving up hope. It is time for action.

As a mother of three, I know the importance of making these investments.  If we are going to build a stronger middle class we must put families first and after five sessions, I am more committed than ever, to fight hard for the families of the 21st. I have seen the alternative view points and our communities deserve better.

I thank you for visiting my site and encourage you to sign up for updates from my campaign and to like my page on Facebook, so we can keep in touch throughout the campaign.

All the best,

Lillian Ortiz-Self

Representative, 21st LD