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Councilmember Toby Nixon

Position 4
Term Expires: 12/31/23

Toby Nixon 2014Councilmember Toby Nixon has served on the Kirkland City Council since January 2012. He has lived in the Kingsgate neighborhood since 1993.

Current City Council committee assignments:  Tourism Development Committee.

Regional representation: Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee (MSWAC) alternate, Sound Cities Association (SCA) Public Issues Committee (PIC) alternate.
About Councilmember Nixon: Prior to being elected to the City Council, Councilmember Nixon served as a commissioner of King County Fire Protection District #41 (2009–2011) and as State Representative for the 45th District (2002–2007). He chaired the Kirkland Ethics Task Force which drafted the code of ethics for the Kirkland City Council, boards and commissions. He co-chaired Citizens for One Kirkland, which advocated for annexation of Kingsgate, North Juanita, and Finn Hill into Kirkland. He also chaired Citizens for Accountable Elections, which sponsored the successful initiative to make the King County Director of Elections an elected non-partisan office. He is the former president and board member of his homeowner association and a former board member of the Evergreen Hill Neighborhood Association.

Councilmember Nixon served as a member of the King County Charter Review Commission in 2018-2019, which proposed several amendments to the county charter; several of those amendments were approved by voters in November 2020.

In December 2013, Councilmember Nixon earned a Certificate of Municipal Leadership links to external site(CML) from the Association of Washington Cities links to external site (AWC) for completing more than 30 hours of training credits.  In August of 2016, Councilmember Nixon earned the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (ACML).  He served on the AWC Legislative Priorities Committee for 2019-2020.

Councilmember Nixon is president of Washington Coalition for Open Government, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to defending and extending the public’s right to know what their government is doing. He’s also a member of the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board. He was selected by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists for induction into the Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame in 2012.

Councilmember Nixon is chair of the board of Nourishing Networks Central, which supports grassroots hunger relief projects throughout the region.  He's a member of the board of directors of Kirkland-based Attain Housing, which helps keep people housed through eviction prevention and transitional housing programs.  He serves on the board of Heart of America Northwest, a statewide environmental organization which advocates cleaning up the Hanford nuclear site. He serves as a member of the advisory council of Lake Washington Schools Foundation and as a member of the advisory council and former board member of Youth Eastside Services. He’s a representative on the board of Kirkland Interfaith Network, promoting cooperation between faith communities in serving the poor and needy among us. He's a member of the steering committee of Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE), which works to improve trust and understanding among people of various faith traditions. He is a member of the Leadership Eastside class of 2013.

Councilmember Nixon has worked at Microsoft since 1993, where he builds consensus on technology initiatives with other companies. He represents Microsoft in several technology standards organizations, including serving on the boards of directors of USB Implementers Forum and Kirkland-based Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG); he has been chair of the board of Bluetooth SIG since January 2015. He’s a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and holds several patents related to computer communications.

Councilmember Nixon and his wife Irene have five grown children. 

Councilmember Nixon can be reached at or 425-587-3536.  For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, at 425-587-3007.

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