Kate’s there, for the community
- Tukwila Children’s Foundation
The Tukwila Children’s Foundation (TCF) is a community, non-profit organization working to meet the unmet needs of Tukwila’s children. TCF has provided scholarships; needs funding to Tukwila schools, Tukwila Police and Fire Departments; administered grants from Tukwila Human Services Department, provided sponsorships and funds to Tukwila Parks; supported after-school programming. Kate serves on the board and is an active part of a revitalization effort underway – inspired by diverse group of returning Foster High School graduates who want to shape TCF programs to positively impact Tukwila children most in need in new ways.
- Tukwila Village
A strong advocate in the neighborhoods. Before the Tukwila City Council, Kate championed the development of Tukwila Village, a six-acre mixed use neighborhood center at Tukwila International Boulevard and South 144th Street. Tukwila Village was envisioned to create a safe place for community, as well as foster neighborhood revitalization and civic pride. Today, it includes a King County Library branch, a plaza/park and community meeting place and offers retail, office and residential space.
- Tukwila International Boulevard Action Committee
Since making her home in Tukwila nearly three decades ago, there has been a strong grassroots effort in play to address issues on “Highway 99” – renamed Tukwila International Boulevard (TIB) when the City of Tukwila made an agreement to take ownership and stewardship of the roadway after annexing neighborhoods and businesses there from King County. Kate’s neighborhood borders TIB and her church is on the west side of it. Youth from her neighborhood cross it to attend school. She commutes to Seattle by riding a bicycle on it. Inspired by community group and police efforts to Take Back TIB, Kate joined the ranks of TIBAC in envisioning strategies to revitalize TIB before and after crime ridden locations were shut down, advocating for Tukwila Village, participating in the Congress New Urbanism implementation planning and even pitches in on a monthly TIBAC effort to clean up garbage along the roadway. Positive transformation efforts continue to make it more pleasant and walkable for everyone who lives and works along the mile-long area.
- Tukwila Pantry
Tukwila’s food bank, the Tukwila Pantry, is in need of ongoing support for utilities (electricity to run the coolers), transportation costs (truck payment, fuel, insurance), and staff expenses. Kate served as a board member for many years and continues to tap her personal network of business and government contacts to find more ways to drive financial support this essential community service. Her ongoing personal support of Tukwila Pantry is another extension of Kate’s continuous volunteer work with such organizations as the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund, the King County Employees Giving Program and the Washington State Combined Fund to help our neighbors in need.
- Save & Sustain Tukwila Pool
In 1968, Tukwila residents joined with citizens throughout the county to pass the Forward Thrust bond issue to build 16 community pools. Kate knows the importance of knowing how to swim in a community surrounded by water. As a young child, her parents wanted to make sure their kids would be safe around our many rivers, lakes and saltwater. Convinced that every child should have the opportunity to learn how to swim, Kate strongly supported the creation of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District – even serving in an ex-officio capacity as the President of the Board of Commissioners. At that time, the TPMPD was overhauled, renovated and transformed into a fully self-managed organization. This culminated in citizens voting in Tukwila to transition to an independently elected Board of Commissioners!
- Technology for Tukwila Schools Levy
Tukwila was the last school district in the region to provide the technological infrastructure to bridge the “digital divide” at our schools. Kate knows it is vital for our kids to have access to the technology tools that will help them keep up with students nationwide, compete for openings at college and get good jobs. That’s why she worked with the committee that promoted the success for Capital Levy for Instructional Technology and School Improvements for the Tukwila School District.
- Project Management Institute
To enhance people’s credentials to qualify for jobs or to have access to retraining for new professions, Kate volunteers 150 hours annually as a member of the Project Management Professional Credentials Committee (Puget Sound Chapter). As an instructor for the PMI PMP Exam Preparation course, Kate is committed to “paying it forward” to others for the help she received in preparing to earn her credentials.
- Political Organizations
An elected precinct committee officer and community organizer since 2005, Kate has served in a number of capacities individually and in organizational leadership, promoted citizenship, registered voters and distributed helpful information to voters in our community about elections, ballot issues and significant activities (such as the 2010 and now upcoming 2020Census, county charter updates, re-districting, etc.). Combined with her previous experience volunteering on committees for a chamber of commers, community sports and recreation organizations, college alumni organizations, non-profit community contribution programs, community media boards, and regional government relations groups on transportation, Kate knows how to listen to citizens, understands government processes and laws, knows the issues and is highly qualified to represent the people of Tukwila.
- Global Organizations
Kate has had the great fortune to live and work in the world community. As an emissary for the non-profit organization ORBIS International, Kate worked to improve eye care in developing countries. ORBIS fights preventable blindness worldwide, using a MD-11 aircraft, customized as an ophthalmological surgical unit (known as the “Flying Eye Hospital”). Kate left an 11-year position at the Boeing Company to join this organization for over a year. She flew to China, Bangladesh, India, Sudan, Jordan, Syria and Mongolia to support the improvement of eye care in these countries. Later, she had the opportunity to work in international business and trade space, communicating with audiences from 165 countries. She learned about cultures all over the world and sees the reflection of those cultures in the faces of those who liver here in Tukwila! Nothing would please her more than to continue to bring that rich experience and global perspective to serving on the Tukwila City Council.