Seattle City Council
SUBJECT: Seattle City Council committee advances appointment of Kendee Yamaguchi to Ethics and Elections Commission
8/15/2012 9:57:00 AM
Alex Pedersen, Councilmember Burgess, 206-684-8806
Dana Robinson Slote (206) 615-0061
Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Council committee advances appointment of Kendee Yamaguchi to Ethics and Elections Commission
The Seattle City Council Government Performance and Finance Committee voted today to appoint Kendee Yamaguchi, an experienced leader in the public and private sectors and in the community, to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. The Full Council will vote on her appointment after the Council’s August recess on Tuesday, September 4.
“Ms. Yamaguchi’s dedication to community engagement and good government make her an excellent fit for the City’s Ethics and Elections Commission,” said Councilmember Tim Burgess, chair of the Council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee and a former chair of the Ethics and Elections Commission.
Kendee Yamaguchi brings a combination of legal experience, electoral knowledge and understanding of Seattle’s diverse communities to the Ethics and Elections Commission. She has worked in federal and state government and as a private sector lawyer. Currently she serves as the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She has served as a faculty member for APIAVote, a non-partisan organization devoted to Asian American and Pacific Islander electoral and civic participation. She is also a former board member of the Municipal League of King County.
Yamaguchi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public communications with a minor in international affairs from American University. She also earned a juris doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law.