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. To apply to be on the KCLS Board, please visit the King County Boards and Commissions website and follow the instructions to complete the application.

We currently have one Board vacancy and will have a second beginning January, 2023.

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

2022 | Previous Years

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

  • January 26 - Public Forum                                   
  • February 8 - Special Meeting                               
  • August 31
  • February 23                    
  • September 28 - Public Forum
  • March 30 - Public Forum                    
  • October 26
  • November 16 - Public Budget Hearing
  • December 14 - Public Forum

Trustee Biographies

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

Anne Repass - Board President
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: Vice President, PM at 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.

Laura Valenziano
Term Expires: January 1, 2027
Appointed: 2022
Education: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Iowa State University; Masters and PhD, Human Resources, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Occupation: Program and Change Manager, Stripe
Community Involvement: Technology Advisory Boards (2019 - present), Cook Memorial Library Board Trustee (2020 - 2021), Residential Advisory Board Member and Treasurer (2020-2021)
Interests: Mentoring, Hiking, Gardening, Reading, Baking

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