Meet Ava

My husband, Bill, and I moved here forty-three years ago, transplants from Michigan. We found a paradise, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, everything we had loved as we grew up but bigger, better, more beautiful. I wanted this incredible place to stay unchanged. So, I fought to protect open space here in Issaquah. In time, I was on our city’s Planning Commission, then City Council to shape policy, and then Mayor, because so many other people were drawn here all wanting their share of Issaquah’s beauty. I learned what I wanted, what most people wanted, was an Issaquah that treasured its environment, its people, and its economic health. I have held to that vision and the belief that each of us can make a difference in our town.

As your mayor, I will draw on my experience being in office for the last 12 years as well as serving on numerous committees and boards to make the best decisions I can for the people of Issaquah now, as well as for the future of our city.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

—Rabindranath Tagore

Recent Civic Leadership Positions

WRIA 8 (Salmon Recovery Council) - Steering Committee
Since 2000

Suburban Cities Association (SCA)
President 2007-2008,
Board Member Currently
SCA Public Issues Committee Since 2005

King County Joint Recommendations Committee for Community Development Block Grants-Housing Funds
Chair since 1998

Seattle King County Board of Public Health
Since 1999

Eastside Transportation Partnership
Since 1996, Chair 2007-2008

Puget Sound Regional Council
Since 1993

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Advisory Council
Since 1998

A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), Executive Board
Since 1998,  Chair 2007-2008

King County Jail Assembly Group, Executive Board
Chair since 2004

Recent Accolades

Public Official of the Year Municipal League 2009

Citizen of the Year Issaquah Chamber of Commerce 2009

City of Issaquah Receives Green Globe Award for Leadership in Open Space Conservation 2009

Governor's Smart Cities award for community partnerships 2009

Sustainability article in the September/October issue of the Association of Wa. Cities newsletter beginning on page 10. (No longer on the web).

Recent Volunteer Activities

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

Sustainable Seattle Steering Committee  2006-2007

Friends of the Library, Issaquah
Life Member

Issaquah Historical Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Since 1996

Nature Conservancy
Since 1996

St. Clare’s Episcopal Church Bishops Committee
2004 - 2007

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