Kate’s there, for the community
- Tukwila Village
A strong advocate in the neighborhoods. Before the Tukwila City Council, Kate has championed the development of Tukwila Village, a six-acre mixed-use neighborhood center at Tukwila International Boulevard and South 144th Street. Tukwila Village is envisioned to create a safe place for community, as well as foster neighborhood revitalization and civic pride. Tukwila Village will include a King County Library branch, the City’s neighborhood police resource center and a plaza/park in combination with other retail, office, live/work, or residential space.
- 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. As a board member, Kate is working to tap her network of business and government contacts to find more ways to drive financial support to this essential community service. Serving on the board 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 Employee Giving Program and the Washington State Combined Fund to help our neighbors in need.
- Save Tukwila Pool
In 1968, Tukwila residents joined with citizens throughout the county a 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 and currently serves in an ex-officio capacity as the President of the Board of Commissioners. During this term, the TPMPD was overhauled,renovated and transformed into a fully self-managed organization. This November, Tukwila citizens will consider transitioning to an independently elected Board of Commissioners with Proposition 1 on the November 3rd ballot.
- 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 successful Capital Levy for Instructional Technology and School Improvements for the Tukwila School District.
- Puget Sound Access
Since 2004, Kate has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Puget Sound Access Channel 77, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, primarily serving six cities in south King County (Auburn, Burien, Kent, Renton SeaTac and Auburn. PSA also serves individuals and groups throughout the Puget Sound region as their community access station. PSA’s goal is to help people use media technology to enhance and expand communication within our community. During her term, Kate advocated for live television coverage of city council meetings, which also paved the way for other programs and video coverage on “Tuk TV” cable channel 21.
- Project Management Institute – Puget Sound Chapter
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 Census, county charter updates, re-districting, etc.). Combined with her previous experiences volunteering on committees for a chamber of commerce, 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 DC-10 aircraft, customized as an ophthalmological surgical unit (known as the “Flying Eye Hospital”). Kate left 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 live here in Tukwila! Nothing would please her more than to continue to bring that rich cultural experience and global perspective to serving on the Tukwila City Council.