About Councilmember Robert Kettle

Councilmember Kettle talking with a constituent

Council district: 7
In office since: 2024 
Current term: January 2024 - December 2027

Bob Kettle is a distinguished former Naval officer with a decade of experience volunteering for non-profit organizations.  Bob has served on the board of the  Queen Anne Community Council for the past eight years, including as Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He was also part of the West Precinct Advisory Council and the Queen Anne Block Watch Network, working on neighborhood-level public safety.

Bob is a first-generation American, the son of a welder and homemaker in a working-class family. He earned an undergraduate degree from Boston University, graduate degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.

His extensive community involvement includes the 36th LD Democrats, World Affairs Council Seattle, Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063, Society of White House Military Aides, and Veterans for Patty Murray. Bob is part of the St. Anne’s community on Queen Anne and, in his spare time, has coached girls’ youth soccer.

Bob is married to Sarah Dunne, a civil rights attorney. The couple met when Sarah was the Legal Director of the ACLU of Washington, where she led many important civil rights cases, including as co-lead counsel on the Witt v. Air Force case that helped overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Bob is deeply proud of his wife’s advocacy work, and the two share a commitment to progress and social justice.