Board of Trustees

Governance | Board Meeting Agendas | Trustee Biographies


The King County Library System (KCLS) is governed by the seven-member Board of Trustees in accordance with RCW 27.12.192. Board members are appointed by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. Trustees serve for no more than two consecutive five-year terms.

We will have one Board vacancy beginning January, 2022. Citizens who are interested in serving as a Trustee may submit an application to King County Boards and Commissions for consideration.

Open Public Meetings

Board meetings are held at 5:00pm on the last Wednesday of each month. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, 98027.

  • Meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30, opens a new window).
  • Agendas are posted no later than 24 hours before each meeting.
  • Public comment is heard during the first 30 minutes of each meeting. The Board has adopted guidelines to facilitate the fair and orderly expression of public comments.

The Board may convene an Executive Session to discuss matters in compliance with RCW 42.30, opens a new window. Executive sessions are not open to the public.


Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2021 | Previous Years

Meetings will be held by video conference until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

  • January 27                                      
  • February 24  - Public Forum                      
  • March 31                      
  • April 28                      
  • May 26 - Public Forum                      
  • June 30          
  • July 28                       
  • August 25 - Public Forum                      
  • September 29                      
  • October 9, 2021 - Special Meeting
  • October 27 - Preliminary Budget Review                              
  • November 17                      
  • December 15 - Budget Approval                      

Trustee Biographies

Robin McClelland
Term Expires: January 1, 2022
Appointed: 2012
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Masters Degree in Regional Planning, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Occupation: Certified Urban Planner; Principal Planner, Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2040 and Transportation 2040
Community Involvement:  Shoreline's North City Jazz Walk; KCLS Study Zone volunteer
Interests:  Reading and decorative painting

Ron Higgs
Term Expires: January 1, 2023
Appointed: 2018
Education: Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, United States Naval Academy; Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA)
Occupation: Management Consultant, Self-Employed
Community Involvement: Downtown Bellevue Residents Association (Board member and President, 2012-2017); Bellevue Library Advisory Board Member (2017-2018); Bellevue Police Department Community Police Academy Class of 2016; Bellevue Essentials, Class of 2015; Chair, Bellevue Independent Salary Commission (2016)
Interests: Leadership, mentoring, snowboarding, mountain biking, travel

Pamela Grad
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
Appointed: 2017
Education: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Washington; Master in Teaching, City University; Library Endorsement Certification, Pacific Lutheran University
Occupation: Teacher-Librarian and Tech Integration Specialist, Kent School District
Community Involvement: Washington Education Association; Washington Geographic Alliance; Washington Library Association; Washington State PTA
Interests: Reading, cooking, gardening, film, art, travel, volunteering, and equity.

Anne Repass
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
Appointed: 2018
Education: Bachelor of Arts, History, Mills College; Master of Arts, History, University of Georgia
Occupation: Director (retired), Century Link; rental property owner
Community Involvement: Seattle Public Library Foundation (past President); University of Washington Friends of the Libraries (past President); University of Washington Foundation (representative director); YWCA Fundraising Luncheon (past Chair); Book Club of Washington (past President)
Interests: Reading, collecting first editions, the works of Jane Austen.

Harish Kulkarni
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
Appointed: 2020
Education: MS, University of Washington; Bachelor of Engineering, Bangalore University, India.
Occupation: Engineering Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Community Involvement: ALS Association, Washington Trails. MS Green
Interests: Accessibility, education, environment. hiking, climbing, skiing

Srini Raghavan
Term Expires: January 1, 2025
Appointed: 2020
Occupation: General Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Education: MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business;
Bachelor of Engineering, E&C, Karnatak University, India
Community Involvement: Wellspring Family Services, Mary’s Place, Lake Washington School District Volunteer
Interests: A passion for learning, literacy, technology, business, art and music

Lalita Uppala
Term Expires: January 1, 2026
Appointed: 2016
Education: University of Washington’s School of Public Health
Occupation: Community Program Director, India Association of Western Washington (IAWW)
Community Involvement: School volunteer (Mad Science program; literary club; culture festivals); Washington Telugu Samithi (volunteer; Treasurer); IAWW (volunteer; Secretary; President)
Interests: Ms. Uppala is a passionate advocate of literacy through all mediums and believes in innovative programming that educates, mentors, and connects King County residents through the written word.

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