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Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

King County Chief of Staff April Putney

Deputy Executive April Putney is responsible for administration of the Executive’s staff as well as directing external and internal policy coordination and strategic initiatives. Putney previously served as the Director of Government and External Relations, overseeing local, regional, state, and federal relations.

Prior to joining the Executive’s Office, she most recently worked for Futurewise, the state's lead smart growth organization. Putney has more than fifteen years of experience in governmental affairs, policy development, advocacy, and community organizing.

Shannon Braddock, Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Shannon Braddock oversees implementation of Executive Office policy priorities and manages Executive Office staff. She also provides strategic support on intersectional issues relating to operations, workforce, and community.

Prior to joining the Executive’s office, she was Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Shannon has over fifteen years of government relations experience, as well as experience in non profit board leadership and regulatory affairs.

Karan Gill, Deputy Chief of Staff

Deputy Chief of Staff Karan Gill is responsible for overseeing governmental and external relations for the Executive Department and the County. This includes local, regional, state, and federal relations. Gill also serves as the Executive Office liaison for any potential countywide ballot measures.

Prior to joining the Executive’s Office, he was Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. He also worked at the Washington State Legislature and for a local anti-poverty nonprofit in South King County. Gill has more than fifteen years of experience in governmental affairs, community relations and policy advocacy.

Chase Gallagher, Communications Director

Chase Gallagher, Communications Director

King County Budget Director Dwight Dively

Budget Director Dwight Dively leads the office responsible for developing and monitoring the biennial King County budget, implementing the King County Strategic Plan, identifying and tracking performance measures, developing and implementing the King County Comprehensive Plan, overseeing business planning, and conducting the annual employee survey. He oversees a wide range of activities, including project analysis, financial forecasting, program evaluation, demographic analysis, and policy development.

Prior to King County, Dwight had a 22-year career with City of Seattle, most recently serving as Director of Finance and leading the city's financial and budget management initiatives between 1994 and 2010. He is also an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

King County Director of Customer Service Natasha Jones

Director of Customer Service Natasha Jones advances customer and employee satisfaction by improving the County's delivery of customer service. She leads an inter-departmental team of Customer Service Officers, establishing performance measures and inspiring a culture of continuous improvement.

Natasha has served in a communications and media relations role for three executive administrations and two other local governments, where she has focused on public outreach and government accessibility. Before working in government, she was a television news assignment editor, producer, reporter, and anchor.

King County Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams

Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams spearheads our Investing in YOU strategy to make King County a place where all employees have the tools, support, and opportunity to do their best work for our community.

Whitney is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for King County Executive Dow Constantine. She has extensive knowledge and experience working on human resources and labor issues, with more than 15 years as a union negotiator where she also led negotiations for the King County Coalition of Unions. She is responsible for building strong and successful labor-management partnerships, and both the Office of Labor Relations and Department of Human Resources report to her. She also works to embed the principles of Equity and Social Justice into the way employees work and are treated, and was a founding member of the Metro Transit's Partnership to Achieve Comprehensive Equity (PACE).

Anita Whitfield, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

King County Chief Performance Officer Gary Kurihara

Chief Performance Officer Gary Kurihara leads and directs the transformation of County operations through the adoption of Lean. This includes strategic planning and execution, performance management, process improvement, leadership development, culture change, and the development of an enterprise management system.

Gary comes to King County with over 20 years of experience in operations, sales, human resources, and Lean having worked across several industries in the private sector.

Megan Pedersen, Director of Office of Labor Relations

Megan Pedersen, Director of Office of Labor Relations

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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