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King County Women's Advisory Board

King County Women's Advisory Board

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King County Council with Sarah Reyneveld, chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board.

Improving the Lives of Women in King County

Established in 1978, the King County Women's Advisory Board (WAB) is a Council-nominated board. Each King County Councilmember gets to nominate someone from their district to serve as a district representative on the board. The Board makes recommendations to the King County Executive and King County Council to ensure King County takes into account the needs, rights and well-being of women.

The WAB is composed of fifteen individuals:

  • nine members nominated by King County Council members to represent each council district,
  • two nominated and appointed by the King County Executive to serve as at-large members,
  • and four additional at-large members chosen by council members (nominated by the Council Chair from nominations received from the King County Councilmembers).  

All 15 positions are appointed by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. Members serve 3-year terms with a 2-term limit.

If you are interested in serving as a Council District representative, please contact your King County Councilmember. To find out what Council district you live in or to see the district map visit this page.

Read the King County Women's Advisory Board recommendations to support survivors of gender-based violence in King County.


2024 Women's Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These meeting minutes capture the attendance, actions, presentations, and votes conducted by the Women's Advisory Board.

2023 Women's Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These meeting minutes capture the attendance, actions, presentations, and votes conducted by the Women's Advisory Board.

2022 Women's Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These meeting minutes capture the attendance, actions, presentations, and votes conducted by the Women's Advisory Board.

January | February | March 3.9 | March 3.23 | April | July | August | September | October | December

2021 Women's Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

January | February | March | April | May | August | October | November | December

2020 Women's Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

January | February | April | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Agenda: Meeting agenda

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID898 3561 6024 Password: KCWAB

For meeting assistance please call 206-263-4131 or email

Women's Advisory Board Members

Karol Brown

Representing District 6.


Karol Brown

Karol Brown resides in and represents District 6 on the WAB. Ms. Brown is the managing attorney for World One Law Group in Bellevue, Washington. World One Law Group is a firm with seven attorneys, paralegals, and staff that handle business, family, and asylum immigration cases. Karol earned an Economics degree and an International Studies degree at the University of Washington. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Yale Law School. She has taught Immigration Law at the University of Washington School of Law. She also founded the Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, which enables law students to take on human rights projects for organizations throughout the world. Karol also worked as a pro bono attorney, board member, and Policy and Advocacy Director for One America (previously Hate Free Zone Washington). She has consulted for governments, non-profit organizations, and major corporations such as Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs.


Tanya Matthews


Tanya Matthews lives in South Seattle and is the District 2 representative on the WAB. Tanya is currently the Director of the Human Research Protection Program at Kaiser Permanente Washington, where she supports the research ethics board and researchers by providing guidance on the ethical and regulatory aspects of conducting health services research. She has also held positions at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington. Tanya has several degrees in linguistics and is a staunch advocate for culturally and linguistically responsive services. She has spent much of her career engaged in and facilitating conversations about complex topics and brings this skill to the WAB. Among the many things Tanya loves about King County are our amazing public libraries, our parks, and a community that prioritizes these shared spaces.


Sarah Reyneveld

Representing District 4.

Sarah Reyneveld represents and resides in District 4 on the WAB. Ms. 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.

Roxanne Thayer, Ed.D.

Representing District 8.

Roxanne Thayer formerly served on the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission and was a founding member of the 4Culture Board. As a cultural education specialist, she won the “Washington State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Education” for her documentary film on the First People of Vashon Maury Islands, the Tx!"l!ucid, in partnership with the Puyallup Nation and the University of Washington.   

Roxanne is an educator having worked in public education as a teacher, administrator, university faculty and adjunct professor. She’s partnered with community colleges to create access to programs for minority and low-income students, winning an award for successfully placing the highest number of these students into programs at Olympic Community College. She is a member of Whole Washington, working to build equitable access to health care for all citizens in Washington State. Roxanne was recently inducted into the Marquis' "Who's Who" as a subject of biographical record. Inclusion in which is limited to “individuals who possess professional integrity, demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective fields, and have made innumerable contributions to society as a whole.”

Roxanne holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University and a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Issues of Social Justice from the University of Washington.

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