Five questions with John Miller, Organizational Development Practitioner, Department of Human Resources 

Why did you start in your role with King County?  My King County journey started more than 21 years ago in central finance, shifted to permitting, then to Lead Analyst on the Business Resource Center – Business Intelligence (BI) Team. Most recently, I joined (on Special Duty) the Department of Human Resources – Career and Culture Division’s Organizational Development Team. Throughout my career I have been steadfast in maturing as an Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Practitioner. I started here in King County because of my passion to serve. As an old… Read More

Five questions with Chris O’Claire, Division Director for Mobility, King County Metro 

Why did you start in your role with King County?  I started at King County 15 years ago as an intern in the Service Development. I joined Metro because I was passionate about making a positive impact on the environment. And, I was immediately drawn to public transportation as a way to reduce carbon emissions by getting people out of their cars. But what keeps me here is the people – the employees that are committed to providing the best public transportation and the customers.  For me, the ability to connect customers… Read More

Five questions with Brendan McCluskey, Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management 

Why did you start in your role with King County, and what is your official title? I am the Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management. I started with King County March 2019. I came to the County from New Jersey, where I was the State’s Director of Public Health Preparedness. Previously, I had been the Deputy State Emergency Management Director for Maryland. I also participate as a volunteer assessor and assessment team leader for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). King County is an accredited emergency management program, and I served as… Read More

Five questions with Lluvia Ellison-Morales, Animal Services Administrator, Department of Executive Services 

Why and when did you start in your role with King County?  I started in September 2014 in a 3 month STT Project Manager role with Records and Licensing Services focusing on implementing the new TNC legislation (Uber, Lyft, etc.). My position was extended and I took on various other projects during this time.  In July 2016 I was hired at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) as an Administrator III in a career-service role.   What do you do in your role?  My central role is in Communications and Community Engagement,… Read More

Five questions with Nick Howell, Administrative Specialist II, King County Elections 

Why did you start in your role with King County? I started as a short-term temp in the Elections phone bank. A few of my family members had worked seasonal King County positions and they recommended I come in and give it a try. After five months in that role, I saw that the Voter Services section was offering three full-time positions. I applied and was selected, and I’ve been working here six years now. What do you do in your role? I work as an Administrative Specialist 2 (AS2) in the… Read More

Five questions with Bookda Gheisar, Immigrant and Refugee Policy Analyst

1. Why did you start in your role with King County? I am a social worker by training and passion, so my entire career has been focused on fighting poverty, eliminating barriers that people of color experience in accessing services, and allowing for voices who are not usually present at the table to become heard and to influence policymakers. The specific way that I carry out this mission has shifted from time to time, because social work is a broad field, so I have looked at emergent issues within that umbrella. It… Read More

Profiling amazing women working throughout King County: Diane Gimenez, Utility Laborer, King County Metro

Diane Gimenez, Utility Laborer, King County Metro How did you get your start in utilities? I started with Metro back in June 1995. When I started I was a maintenance worker, and then I moved to become a utility laborer in 1998. I took the job because it looked like it would be challenging. You were outdoors and I liked working outside. Then in 1998 I put in an application to get my CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). It was a good opportunity to move up and get another position within the County. Do… Read More

Profiling amazing women working throughout King County: Eden Rogland Peak, KCIT IT Senior Applications Developer

This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology Eden Rogland Peak, KCIT IT Senior Applications Developer How did you get your start in IT? I spent a year after getting my Humanities B.A. working for AmeriCorps and at the end of my service I chose to use the education stipend I earned on computer classes at South Seattle College. At first it was just for fun but I was inspired by some great teachers and decided to go ahead and finish the Software Engineering program. That… Read More

Profiling amazing women working throughout King County: Gabriela Aranda, KCIT IT Systems Specialist Entry

This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology Gabriela Aranda, KCIT IT Systems Specialist Entry How did you get your start in IT? Growing up I have always enjoyed working with computers and learning about them from a user standpoint. I always had the feeling that’s what I would do for a living and it wasn’t official until I decided to pursue IT while attending community college. I had no previous experience in IT as far as building computers or knowing how to code. I am very… Read More

National Women’s History Month profiles trailblazing women in King County labor and business

This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology Profiling amazing women working throughout King County: Tamara Davis, KCIT IT Project Management How did you get your start in IT? I started in GIS as an analyst and quickly realized I had two choices: one, pursue GIS as an IT career developing databases and applications, or two, pursue using GIS as a helpful tool in support of a particular line of business most likely transportation planning. I picked number one. Do you bring a different perspective to IT?  Female employees bring different… Read More