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Councilmember Neal Black

Position 5
Term Expires: December 31, 2021
Councilmember Neal Black

Councilmember Neal Black was elected to Position 5 on the Kirkland City Council in November 2019. He fills a vacancy created by the election of Councilmember Kelli Curtis to Position 2.  Black will serve on the City Council until the current term for Position 5 expires on December 31, 2021.  Prior to his election to the City Council, he served on the Houghton Community Council, to which he was elected in November 2017.

Current City Council committee assignments:  Disability Board.

Regional representation: Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA8), Eastside Transportation Partnership (ETP) alternate, King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) alternate. 

About Councilmember Neal Black:  Councilmember Black is a long-time resident of Kirkland having lived in the Lakeview neighborhood, the Everest neighborhood, and now the central Houghton neighborhood.  For 10 years he was a fixture at Everest Park where he coached Kirkland American Little League baseball. 

Black has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University.  He is a licensed member of the bar in Washington and Oregon.  He has taught intellectual property and business law courses at the University of Washington School of Law (2009-2016), Seattle University School of Law (2008), and the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics (2007) as an adjunct professor and part-time lecturer.

For over 10 years, Black has been a partner at the law firm Adkins Black, where he advises clients in the software technology and interactive entertainment software industries.  Before joining Adkins Black, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Square Enix, a global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software.  Black also previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Emergent Payments, a provider of digital payment solutions for the interactive entertainment software industry.

Black began his legal career as an associate at the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie in 1998.

Councilmember black has been involved in public policy and related community service for over 25 years.  From 2014-2019, he was the chair of the Public Policy Committee of the King County Bar Association, where he is now a member of the Board of Trustees, addressing issues associated with diversity in the legal profession and equal access to justice.  Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington Ceasefire, which at that time was the leading organization in Washington advocating for common sense gun safety legislation.  Black has also worked on public policy for the White House Office on Environmental Policy (1994), the California State Assembly Natural Resources Committee (1993), the US Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Division (1997), and the Environmental Defense Fund (1996) as a law clerk intern.

As a member of the Houghton Community Council from January 2018 to November 2019, he worked on Kirkland land-use planning and zoning issues.

Black was born on Adak Island, near the southwestern tip of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.  He grew up in a small town in Central Oregon, and for the past 21-plus years has lived in Kirkland with his wife, two sons, and their pet Havanese.

Councilmember Black may be reached at or 425-587-3001. For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, 425-587-3007.

City Council
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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