Councilmember Amy Walen began her first term in January 2010 (Position No. 5) and was re-elected in November 2013 and 2017. She was selected by her fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor for a two-year term beginning January 2014, 2016 and again in 2018. Mayor Walen has resigned her position on the Council effective January 31, 2019 to dedicate her time to serving in her newly elected role in the Washington State House of Representatives.
Current City Council committee assignments:
Finance and Administration Committee, Planning & Economic Development Committee, and Legislative work group.
President of the Sound Cities Association (SCA), SCA Regional Policy Committee, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board, and PSRC Transportation Policy Board.
About Mayor Amy Walen:
Mayor Walen has been instrumental in the City’s efforts to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District and will continue outreach efforts to area residents and businesses through the Totem Lake Conversations. She seeks to further raise Kirkland’s profile in local, regional and state-wide initiatives such as transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development.
Originally from Oregon, Kirkland City Council Member Walen attended University of Queensland in Australia, graduating in 1990. She practiced law in Australia until she returned to Oregon in 1994. In 2005 she met her husband Jim, who also worked at the dealership. Upon an interest in purchasing Ford of Kirkland, the Walens moved to the Kirkland area. Mayor Walen is currently the chief financial officer at Ford Hyundai of Kirkland, located in the Totem Lake Business District.
She has helped organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees and Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing.
In 2013, the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, a professional membership organization of human service providers, honored Amy Walen as the Elected Official of the Year. In June of 2015, Association of Washington Cities (AWC) presented Mayor Walen with the Advocacy All-Star Award, celebrating her actions in advocating for Kirkland and cities around the state.
Mayor Walen may be reached at email@example.com or 425-587-3532. For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, 425-587-3007.