Regional Relations

The Regional Affairs Director handles external relations and policy coordination on a wide range of regional issues with Seattle City departments, local jurisdictions, and regional decision-making bodies for both the Mayor and City Council.

The main responsibility of this position is to facilitate intergovernmental communication, at the regional level, by working proactively with policy staff within City Departments and with regional partners and elected officials, to resolve issues and implement policies that improve people's lives. 

The Regional Affairs Director handles external relations and policy coordination on a wide range of issues with Seattle city departments, local jurisdictions, and regional decision making bodies for the Mayor and City Council. Among Seattle's regional partners are Metro, King County, Port of Seattle, Sound Transit, and the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Metropolitan King County Council has four regional committees (Flood Control District Advisory Board, TransitWater Quality, and Regional Policy) on which Seattle City Councilmembers serve as voting members. These bodies make policy recommendations to the King County Council on a wide spectrum of regional issues including public safety, parks, transportation, environmental issues, and other systems that serve all of King County.

Seattle is a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, (PSRC). The PSRC is a federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  MPOs are responsible for planning, programming, and coordination of federal highway and transit investments in urbanized areas.  Both the Mayor and Seattle City Councilmembers serve on the PSRC Executive Board, Operations Growth Management Policy Board, and Transportation Policy Board.  PSRC is implementing a regional strategy  to accommodate the 5 million people expected to live in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties by 2040.  A key part of that strategy is Transportation 2040 and prioritizing transportation projects for funding.

Seattle also has two members serving on the Sound Transit Board of Directors.  Sound Transit plans, builds, and operates express bus, light rail, and commuter train services in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.