Helen Price Johnson grew up on Whidbey Island, graduating from Langley High School and then earning a degree from Mills College in Administration and Legal Processes. She and her husband Dave raised their four children on Whidbey Island, and she is a third generation small business owner on the island.
Helen has spent her adult life in service to her community, and was recognized for this service by being named a Home Town Hero by the South Whidbey Record in 2004. As a twice-elected Board Member of the South Whidbey School District, she worked hard to improve children’s educational opportunities, turning budget deficits into surpluses, and discord and inefficiency into award-winning performance.
In 2008 Helen made history by becoming the first woman elected to the Board of Island County Commissioners. She has prioritized protecting our islands’ natural resources and quality of life for our islands, as well as supporting a vibrant economy and affordable housing for our families.
Helen serves on the Board of Directors of the Whidbey Community Foundation, and is a volunteer with Heart and Hammers. She is a member of the Clinton Community Club, Civility First, and a board member of the Mobile Turkey Unit. She served for 20 years as a Youth Leader at Langley United Methodist Church.
Helen is the past president of the Washington State Association of Counties. She has worked with Republican and Democratic commissioners from across the state to address local government concerns.