Shakti Hawkins joined the Argo team as a Principal in 2008. Prior to Argo, Shakti spent four years working in the office of US Senator Maria Cantwell. She held several posts on the outreach team including as State Outreach Director. In this role, Shakti managed six regional outreach directors and was responsible for developing and executing statewide messaging and strategy for Cantwell policy initiatives.
Shakti was also involved in Senator Cantwell’s successful re-election in 2006.
Shakti began her career in politics in 2002 as a campaign manager on a targeted legislative race for Araminta Hawkins in the 14th Legislative District in Eugene, Oregon. Following the campaign, Shakti worked two years in the State Legislature, first as a Legislative Aide for Rep. Ross Hunter in the 48th Legislative District and then as a Public Information Officer for the Senate Democratic Caucus. In 2003, Shakti also managed a King County Council campaign for Barbara Heavey in the 9th Council District.
Shakti currently serves on the Board of NARAL Prochoice Washington and on the Board of the Institute for a Democratic Future, a fellowship program for future Democratic leaders.
Shakti earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with a Minor in Political Science from the University of Oregon. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Seattle University.