Bill Fishburn has been involved in many community groups since moving to Thurston County. He has been a den and pack leader for Cub Scouts, a PTA President, and the founder of a non-profit booster club for a high school band. He was the operations manager of a community garden, for which he co-founded a non-profit, and now serves as the garden’s board of directors president. He is the High Adventure Coordinator for a local Boy Scout Troop. He has also been the President and the Treasurer of the Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound since 2008; a group that sponsors an annual Latino Youth Summit for 500 high school students. Last year, he was elected to the board of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Most recently, Fishburn has been involved in the ACLU People Power Resistance movement, protecting the rights of our immigrant neighbors and friends. Fishburn feels like the opportunity to serve the community as an elected official is the next level of service.
Fishburn and his wife own a small BBQ sauce manufacturing company and sell the sauce at local bazaars. They’ve been working with other local small businesses to expand their distribution and volumes. They are currently working on plans to open a regional craft brewery in Rainier.
As a small business owner, Fishburn is poignantly aware of what it means to do business ethically, and with fiscal responsibility. Operating at a deficit is not a sustainable business model.