Bio and Resume

Lambert_Bio_Photo_(1).jpgCouncilmember Kathy Lambert represents District 3, the largest of the nine council districts, encompassing nearly half the area of the County.

Kathy serves as Chair of the Council’s Regional Water Quality Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, the Law & Justice Committee and the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee.   She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Hopelink, the Eastside Human Services Forum and Seattle-King County Public Health.

Some of Kathy’s passions include working to end homelessness, protecting the survivors of domestic violence and working to ensure that government is both efficient and effective. This includes using the latest technology to serve the residents of King County. She was a driving force behind bringing Safe Place, an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for youth in crisis to King County.

Councilmember Lambert has been honored by the United Way of King County as Outstanding Public Official of the Year for her work with Safe Place, by the Zonta Club of East King County for her leadership on the prevention of domestic violence and by King County as a Technology Champion.

Prior to serving on the King County Council, Kathy was a State Representative from the 45th District. She received her BA and her teaching credential from the University of Washington. Kathy taught school for sixteen years, is a former small business owner and is also a published poet and author of a children’s book about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kathy enjoys traveling, hiking and being a grandmother.

 

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Resume

INTERESTS:

Representing the citizens of District 3 and all of King County

Public Policy Development and Implementation in areas of criminal justice, courts, safety, housing and local government

EDUCATION:

B.A., University of Washington, Business Education

A.A., College of Marin

Post-graduate work at Seattle Pacific University

Teaching certificate, University of Washington

OCCUPATION:

King County Councilmember

Chair, Regional Water Quality Committee

Vice Chair: Budget and Fiscal Management, Law and Justice, Health, Housing and Human Services committees

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

State Legislator - 7 years, Washington State House of Representatives

Teacher - 16 years, elementary and business certified

Former retail business owner

Author, children's history book - Martin Luther King, Jr. - published by Chelsea House Publishing, New York

Poet, 1993 Anthology of Poetry, published 1993

Advisor, at-risk youth program

Counseling staff member, Residential Drug Treatment Center

Secretary of VP of Gas Division, Pacific Gas and Electric

Banking customer service representative and teller trainer, Bank of America

Co-counselor, Marriage Enrichment Seminars

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

State Boards:

County Roads Administration Board, board member 2014- present

State Office of Public Defense Board

County Boards:

Board of Health

King County Flood Control District, Supervisor

Eastside Rail/Trail Corridor

PAST COMMITTEES:

Growth Management, Regional Transit, Employment and Administration, Ferry District, Regional Policy

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DUTIES:

Assistant Majority Floor Leader, 1996-1998

Judiciary Committee Vice Chair

Appropriations Committee

State Government Committee

Joint Pension Policy Committee

Appellate Indigent Defense Board Member

Governor's Council on Substance Abuse Prevention

Children and Family Services Vice Chair, 1995-1996

American Legislative Exchange Council National Chair for Criminal Justice

PAST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Founder, Child Co-op Group

Editor, Church Newsletter (4 years)

Church Food Room Coordinator

Little League Scorekeeper

Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America

AWARDS:

United Way Elected Official of the Year (2013)

King County Technology Champion (2013)

Zonta Club of E. King County: Rose Day Award for work on domestic violence prevention and status of women (2013)