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.

KCLS currently has a vacancy on its Board. 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 42.30opens 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 42.30opens a new window. Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Contact

boardoftrustees@kcls.org
 

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2020 | Previous Years

  • January 29 – Public Forum
  • February 26
  • March 25 – Des Moines Library
  • April 29 – Public Forum
  • May 27 – Maple Valley Library
  • June 24
  • July 29 – Public Forum
  • August 26 – Shoreline Library
  • September 30
  • October 28 – Sammamish Library
  • November 18 – Public Forum
  • December 16

Trustee Biographies

Lalita Uppala
Term Expires: January 1, 2021
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.

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.

Max Harned
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
Appointed: 2019
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Music/Education, St. Martin’s University; Master’s in Music, Pacific Lutheran University.
Occupation: Corporate Executive, Marketing & Sales (retired) Consultant and Community Volunteer.
Community Involvement: Board of Directors, Tacoma Community College (2012-present); Board of Directors, Puget Sound Kidney Centers (2018-present); Max & Margi Harned Titan Food Pantry, Tacoma Community College (2018-present); Maple Valley Library Advisor Board Member (2019); Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House (1982-1993).
Interests: Golf, fishing, travel, mentoring and philanthropy.

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