Title: Public Records Officer | Paralegal
Agency: Sound Transit
Brief Bio: Q’Deene Nagasawa is a Paralegal/Public Records Officer for Sound Transit. She currently manages the Public Disclosure Office which is a division under Sound Transit’s Legal Department. She also works as a paralegal doing legal research, discovery and other special projects under the direction of Sound Transit’s General Counsel.
How many years have you been a Public Records Officer (PRO)?
I have been a PRO for over 7 years. I have been with Sound Transit for over 14 years and moved into the Public Records Officer position in our Legal Department in June 2013.
What is one Public Records tip or best practice you have gleaned from your work that you would pass on to others in this field of work?
Slow down--always review the original request before you respond.
How did you get involved with WAPRO?
The Public Records Officer preceding me here at Sound Transit urged me to join WAPRO as soon as I became involved with public records. I started attending the WAPRO Trainings. I immediately was drawn in as it is such a great forum to sit and talk with other PROs and staff that work on PDRs in all different roles and types of agencies.
What do you consider the biggest public records challenge (either with the PRA or holding a position responsible for compliance with the PRA)?
Currently the COVID-19 situation and the implementation of new tools and applications is one of the biggest public records challenges at this time. We are all experiencing different ways to communicate and work. Gathering records and training in this new environment is challenging.
What is your favorite motto/quote?
Slow down and breathe : )
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my family and golfing. Being outdoors and staying safe.