Commissioner Finau was born in the Island Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture, Literature & the Arts from University of Washington and a M.A. in Education from Antioch University Seattle. She is currently a doctoral student at Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program. Her dissertation is an empirical research on the persistent discrepancy in the racial and ethnic composition of the student body and the teaching force. She is a certified (6-12) English Language Arts, History and Reading Interventions teacher and is one of very few Pacific Islander teachers in WA
Commissioner Finau has been involved with the Board of Directors for Alliance for Community Empowering (ACE); Finding Your Voice (FYV) Instructor with the Office of the Education Ombudsman, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Grant Staff at South Seattle Community College, Seattle Public Schools Equity and Race Advisory Committee (ERAC), Co-Chair of Inclusion and Justice Committee: PhDL&C Program, Developing Women’s Leadership Around the Globe and Tongan Advocacy Group (TAG). She is married to husband Paul and they have three children: Jarett, Jade and Paul.