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

Five questions with Kara Hannigan, Training and Organizational Development Manager, Human Resources Division

Why did you start as a Training and Organizational Development Manager with King County? I’ve worked in learning and leadership development for many years across different sectors. Initially as a high school teacher, then training librarians and patrons to use computer applications and the Internet while working for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and most recently, at Starbucks leading management and leadership development. What I love about learning and development is that, in an organization that cares about its employees and makes learning a priority, you can really make a difference…. Read More

Five Questions with Brooke Bascom, Employee Engagement Manager

1. Why did you start as an Employee Engagement Manager with King County? My work with Healthy Incentives led me to employee engagement. We started examining workplace stress and what contributes to it. Turns out that there is a lot of crossover between the factors that cause stress and the factors that lead people to be engaged in their work. For example, if there is conflict in your team it can cause stress. On the other hand, if your team works well together, appreciates each other and encourages everyone’s best, that can… Read More

Five questions with Paige Shevlin, Economic Development Policy Advisor

1. Why did you start as a policy advisor with King County? When I moved to this area for my husband’s job I considered opportunities across the region including in philanthropy and the private sector but local government appealed to me most. It’s an opportunity to use my federal government experience but have more of a direct impact on people’s lives. King County is especially appealing because it represents the whole region and people live and work across city lines.

Five Questions with Heather Barr, Public Health Nurse

1. When did you start as a Public Health Nurse with King County? 30-plus years ago. I started out in the Jail as a Registered Nurse in 1984. I met a nurse there (Kathryn Crawford) who asked me what I wanted to do with my career. I told her I liked to work with homeless people, and people with addictions. She said “I have the perfect job for you, I am leaving a position at the tuberculosis clinic running a drug trial for the Centers for Disease Control, most of my patients are alcoholic… Read More