Board of Trustees

Governance | Board Meeting Agendas | Trustee Biographies

Governance

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.

Contact

boardoftrustees@kcls.org
 

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                                 
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    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
    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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