The King County Library System 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.
There is currently a vacancy on the KCLS Board. Citizens who are interested in serving on the Board 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.
2019 | Previous Years
- January 30
- February 11 - Special Meeting
- February 27
- March 11 - Special Meeting
- March 27
- April 24
- May 29
- June 26
- July 31
- August 28
- September 25
- October 30
- November 20
- December 18
Term Expires: January 1, 2020
Education: Bachelor's in Education, Goddard College; PreK-3 certification, University of Washington
Occupation: PreK-3 Systems Coach, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Community Involvement: Highline School Board; South King Council of Human Services Board; Matt Griffin YMCA Board; Families and Children Early Support (FACES)
Interests: As the daughter of migrant farm workers, Ms. Alvarez has focused much of her professional life around the needs of immigrant families
Term Expires: January 1, 2021
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.
Term Expires: January 1, 2022
Education: B.A., 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
Term Expires: January 1, 2023
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
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
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.
Term Expires: January 1, 2024
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.