Committees & Divisions


legal division (formerly Court Interpreter Division)

Originally a separate entity founded as the Washington State Court Interpreters and Translators Society (WITS), the Division operated as an independent sister organization to NOTIS for 25 years. WITS merged into the NOTIS infrastructure in 2013, but maintains its court interpreter focus. Recently the Division expanded to cover all interpreters and translators who work in legal or court settings. For more information, please contact Maria Lucas. 

COMMUNITY INTERPRETER DIVISION (CID)

The Community Interpreter Division is dedicated to promoting professionalism and excellence in interpreting, in order to enhance the provision of health and social services to our region’s diverse communities. The group sponsors regular trainings and events around the region. For more information, please contact Yvonne Simpson.

TRANSLATION DIVISION

The Translation Division organizes events and trainings of interest to translators working with the written word. The group meets regularly for readings, workshops, and presentations by guest speakers. The division includes the Northwest Literary Translators, a group of experienced and aspiring translators of literature. For more information on the NW Literary Translators, please contact Shelley Fairweather-Vega. For information or to volunteer for the Translation Division contact Laura Friend. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee tracks NOTIS’s budget and financial accounts to ensure funds are used responsibly and in the best interests of the organization and its members. The Finance Committee is looking for an at-large member. For more information or to volunteer, please contact chair Rosemary Nguyen.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The Nominating Committee is charged with finding and evaluating potential board members for NOTIS’s annual elections. For more information or to suggest a candidate, please contact committee chair Laura Friend.

THE NORTHWEST LINGUIST COMMITTEE

NOTIS publishes The Northwest Linguist blog on its website, quarterly newsletters via email, and the Northwest Linguist Newsletter (digital/print). All publications feature articles, events, and other information of interest to translators and interpreters. Committee members collect, review, and post contributions. Contact Brianna Salinas for further information on submissions.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

This committee focuses on promoting and publicizing NOTIS’s events, objectives, and outreach efforts, keeping members informed of industry changes and opportunities across multiple channels, including the online Directory. The committee also works with our Marketing and Communications Specialist to maintain and monitor the society’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. For more information or to volunteer, contact chair Zakiya Hanafi.

SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE

Starting in 2017, NOTIS began awarding scholarships to members to help offset the cost of tuition at a translation or interpreting program or attendance at an industry conference. Committee members help to set the annual budget for scholarships, run the application process, and judge scholarship applications. For more information or to join this committee please write to Pinar Mertan.

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

The Advocacy Committee supports NOTIS members in their efforts to advance their professional interests. The Committee tracks legislation that could affect translators and interpreters, keeps members informed, and offers opinions on professional issues to government agencies, trade organizations, and the business community. For more information, to join this committee, or to bring an issue to our attention, please write to info@notisnet.org.

SOCIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE

The Social Events Committee organizes events throughout the year: the popular NOTIS summer picnic and our annual December meeting and holiday party. For more information, please contact info@notisnet.org

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The membership committee works with our Office Manager/Membership Director Naomi Uchida to report at monthly Board meetings on changes and trends in membership. Please contact info@notisnet.org


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