Meet the Leadership Team
The Elections Leadership Team oversees the day-to-day operations of King County Elections, helps set the priorities and vision for the organization and advises the Director on strategic and emergent issues.
Administrative Services Manager Shawn Abernethy oversees and directs human resources, finance, and data analysis, as well as leading the department's Equity and Social Justice initiatives. Shawn served as the HR Manager for King County's Department of Executive Services for five years prior to joining the Elections team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in serving the public sector for the past twenty years in a variety of HR leadership roles. Shawn has worked in a number of organizations including Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle IT, and Labor and Industries. She enjoys working with employees at all levels to help them achieve their goals, is passionate about equity and social justice, and works to find new and exciting ways to keep our team engaged and motivated to serve our voters. Shawn earned her Master's in Organizational Psychology from Antioch University Seattle and holds a bachelor's degree from Evergreen State College.
Chief of Staff Kendall Hodson directs external affairs, including intergovernmental and stakeholder relations, as well as language services and community engagement. She oversees communications and marketing, budget development and coordinates strategic initiatives and special projects. Prior to working at King County Elections, she served as a senior manager in the County’s central Human Resources Division and as a strategy and policy analyst for the King County Executive’s Office. Kendall holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Deputy Director Janice Case oversees ballot delivery and collection, candidate and jurisdiction management, elections project management, and voter registration. She has worked in a variety of roles for King County Elections since July 2006. Janice is a Washington State certified Election Administrator and is a nationally Certified Election Registration Administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Supervisor Dave Wilson oversees district, precinct and address maintenance, precinct alterations, and annexations. He manages external requests for maps and data. Dave has worked for King County Elections for over 27 years and is a Washington State certified Election Administrator.
IT Division Director Margaret Brownell oversees and directs the Technical Services team in elections equipment and technology solutions. Systems include voter registration and election management, ballot sorting, scanning and tabulating of ballots, online ballot marking program and the web.
Assistant Operations Manager – Voter Services, Jacob Lodge oversees the Voter Services team, which handles voter registration and records maintenance, customer service, and Vote Centers. Jacob earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He has served the residents of King County since 2007, serving in a variety of roles. Jacob is a Washington State certified Election Administrator and is currently working toward his national certification as well.
Assistant Operations Manager – Ballot Processing, Jerelyn Hampton oversees ballot processing activities including inbound ballot sorting, signature verification, opening and inspecting ballots, scanning and results reporting. She also coordinates observer opportunities for the two major political parties. She has worked in a variety of roles at King County Elections since joining the team in 2003. Jerelyn has been a Washington State certified Election Administrator since 2009.