Kathy Nyland

Kathy Nyland is the Director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, where she led the department’s first long-term strategic plan in the last decade with an emphasis on meaningful community engagement, policy development process, and upholding the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and valuing public participation. Prior she served as Senior Policy Advisory in the Mayor's office and as Chief of Staff to a Seattle City Councilmember. Before joining government, Kathy founded a neighborhood business association, chaired Seattle's City Neighborhood Council organization, mobilized her community, and prevailed on a number of David versus Goliath issues, including the creation of Seattle's Zero Waste Policy.