Trudi Inslee was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and attended her neighborhood public schools, including Ingraham High School, where she met Governor Jay Inslee. She went on to study political science and sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. The Inslees were married in 1972 and later moved to Selah, a rural community in eastern Washington, where they raised their three sons. They returned to western Washington in 1995 and have since resided in Kitsap.
Currently Mrs. Inslee works with a nonprofit publisher and consultant on independent film documentaries. Over the years, she also has enjoyed volunteering in her sons’ schools and with local nonprofits including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Planned Parenthood, NARAL Washington and Mothers Against Violence in America. She is particularly focused on programs and organizations serving women and children who are victims of sexual assault, homelessness and hunger. She also supports early-learning programs.