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"Improving the Lives of Women in King County"

Established in 1978, the King County Women's Advisory Board (WAB) makes recommendations to the King County Executive and the King County Council to ensure the needs, rights and well-being of women are taken into account by county government. The board is comprised of 15 individuals: two nominated by the King County Executive to serve as at-large members, nine members selected by the county council members to represent each council district, and four additional at-large members selected by council members. The executive submits all nominations to the council for confirmation.

Meeting Details

The King County Women's Advisory Board will be meeting in 2019 on the following dates. All meetings are open to the public, although only appointed members are eligible to vote.

  • January 9, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • May 8, 2019
  • July 10, 2019
  • September 11, 2019
  • November 13, 2019

The Women's Advisory Board meetings typically are held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 115 of the Chinook Building. The street address is 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, and the location is at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street. Parking is available on the street or in various parking garages near the building.

Contact

Allison Jurkovich is the staff for the board. You may contact her with any questions or for more information at ajurkovich@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-3144.

Women's Advisory Board Members

Upcoming Women's Advisory Board Meeting

Wed., March 13, 2019, 4-6 pm

Chinook Building
401 5th Ave
Room 115 (ground floor)
Seattle, WA 98104

Conference Call: 206-263-8114
ID: 9568917

Kathy Brasch is the co-chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board. Ms. Brasch fills one of the two Executive-At-Large positions.

Ms. Brasch served on the Regional Human Services Levy Oversight Board and states that the time on that board gave her an insight into the workings of the King County citizen boards as well as a new appreciation of the county’s work in human services. She also volunteers as a Mass Care Team Leader with the Red Cross which has given her insight in the ways women are involved in the recovery process following disasters. Ms. Brasch reports that working with the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps also gives her the opportunity to work with women in rural areas as they prepare their families for emergencies and disasters. Her experiences in working with these diverse groups enhanced her ability to understand some of the challenges they face.  She is hopeful that her experiences and abilities will have positive impacts to assist the and the Women’s Advisory Board as it helps women overcome obstacles and better their lives.

Aimee Grant is Vice President and Private Banker at Union Bank in Seattle. She built her practice around helping  clients, especially women create, preserve and transfer wealth. Women are living longer and yet a good number of them take a passive role in their finance life. For this reason, Aimee devoted a great part of her banking career educating women on strategies to attain financial independence and understand their worth in the market place. She also conducted seminars on financial literacy and held identity theft seminars in conjunction with local law enforcement officers.

Prior to banking,  Aimee was a treatment coordinator for youth at risk, working closely with mothers, dependency judges,  psychiatrists, educational and residential treatment programs professionals, advocating for family reunification. 

Aimee held a firm belief that each youth in care should be treated with dignity. This prompted her to volunteer to serve on the Arizona Department of Health Program Review Committee, whose mission is to ensure that treatment plans for youths in various state care facilities were adequate and conformed to the guidelines in applicable laws. The committee made recommendations to various bodies involved in the care of these youths.  

Aimee's compassion for these children led her to become a foster mother for two of the young girls in state custody.

Aimee earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Université du Bénin in English with a minor in Educational Psychology. She went on to pursue a Masters of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Arizona. In addition, she holds Series 7, and 66 securities licenses, as well as her Washington State Health, Life and Disability Insurance licenses.

Community involvement is very important to Aimee. She enjoys giving back to her community and volunteered for non-profit organizations such as Food Lifeline and Habitat for Humanity among others. She currently serves on the King County Women’s Advisory Board and was a past Committee Member of South Puget Sound Heroes Luncheon - American Red Cross.

Aimee resides in Renton and enjoys spending time with her family, walking and taking ferry rides. Connecting with people is important to Aimee as well. She goes out of her way to talk to at least three strangers daily, to learn about them. Aimee is fluent in French, Mina and Ewe.

Biography coming soon.

Biography coming soon.

Annette Messitt  is the co-chair of the Women’s Advisory Board and resides in District 8. Joe McDermott is her Metropolitan King County Councilmember.

Ms. Messitt fills one of the two Executive-At-Large positions. She brings to the Women’s Advisory Board her experience as an attorney, with experience as a deputy prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Currently, Ms. Messitt operates her own freelance attorney practice that focuses on employment-related issues including discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and civil appeals. She also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore in King County District Court and Edmunds Municipal Court. Ms. Messitt has a three-year-old daughter, and she is particularly committed to improving the lives of working mothers in King County. 

Sarah Reyneveld is an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor and Industries Division of the Washington State Attorney General's (AGO) Office in Seattle. She previously served as a Research Assistant on Governor Chris Gregoire's comprehensive education study Washington Learns, a Legislative Assistant in the Washington State Senate, and a Deputy Finance Director on the 2004 Chris Gregoire for Governor campaign. As a student at the University of Washington Law School and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Sarah was elected President and Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and successfully lobbied the Washington State Legislature for increased investment in child care and mental health services for graduated students. Sarah has advocated for over ten years to increase access to quality early learning, public basic and higher education, and social services for children, women and working families in King County. In addition to chairing the King County Women's Advisory Board, Sarah currently serves on the boards of Washington Conservation Voters, Washington's Paramount Duty, the UW Alumni Association, UW Impact, the 36th District Democrats, and as a founding board member of Graduate Washington. In 2016, she received the inaugural Evans School Young Alumni Award for her distinguished community service. Sarah lives in Ballard with her husband Joel, four year old daughter and one year old son.

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