Check out the outstanding speakers at AWC Annual Conference Online!


Leon T. Andrews, Jr.
Director of the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Initiative, National League of Cities
Leon was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities (NLC) and currently serves as chair of the board for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Prior, Leon served as the senior fellow and program director at the NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006.

Before joining NLC, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He is a published author, a presenter at several conferences and other forums throughout the country and world, and serves on a number of national and local boards including ChangeLab Solutions (chair), National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the National Network for Youth. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 15 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.


Logan Bahr
Government Relations Advocate, AWC
Logan has served on the AWC government relations team since 2016. He previously served as Policy Director for the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. His issue portfolio includes transportation, energy, cybersecurity, emergency management, and labor and employment. A Tacoma native, he holds a BA in Political Science from Central Washington University and an MA in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College.


Andy Baker
Project Manager, FCS Group
Andy has 14 years of consulting experience. He provides utility financial planning services for water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-potable water utilities across the country. He leverages his background in civil engineering and capital project planning to bring effective insights to his clients’ financial challenges. Andy specializes in complex financial modeling, including cost-of-service analysis, rate structure evaluation, and GIS-based modeling of utility affordability. He has presented locally and nationally on issues of utility affordability.


Candice Bock
Director of Government Relations, AWC
Candice has worked in local government for over 20 years including time with the cities of Richland, Lakewood, Carnation, and Lacey. Candice served as a Government Relations Advocate for AWC for seven years and currently serves as AWC’s Government Relations Director.


Bret Broderson
Finance Director, Centralia
Bret has served Centralia since 2016.  Prior to that he worked for the State of Washington as a Financial Analyst developing statewide accounting policy and producing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


John Caulfield
City Manager, Lakewood
John began serving as City Manager of Lakewood after being appointed by the City Council in September 2013. John previously served as City Manager of Mountlake Terrace; Deputy City Manager, Community and Economic Development Director, and Finance Director for University Place; Senior Financial Analyst, Financial Analyst, and Accounting Technician for Federal Way. John served in the U.S. Army as a U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis.

Throughout his career, John has actively participated on nonprofit boards as a community volunteer and city management professional. He is a credentialed local government manager and a member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA). Caulfield currently serves on the Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) Executive Committee, Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Board of Directors, and Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course Board.

John earned a MA in Business Administration from Seattle University and a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.


Steve DiJulio
Firm Co-Chair and Principal, Foster Garvey PC
Steve has been representing cities over 42 years. He has served as city attorney, special assistant city attorney and special deputy prosecuting attorney. Steve was a Seattle Assistant City Attorney before serving as Kent City Attorney. He served as interim city attorney for cities such as Shoreline, Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Normandy Park, Puyallup, Black Diamond, and, most recently in 2016, Woodinville.

After entering private practice, his representation included Washington state and local governments in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and California. His current representations carry him from Okanogan to Klickitat and from Skagit to Spokane counties. Steve is a regular presenter for AWC and other organizations and has been presenting the AWC Elected Official Essentials workshops since 1994. Steve is based in Foster Garvey’s Seattle office.


Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD
Dietitian for Living Well Alliance Team, Pacific Medical Center
Christy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified yoga instructor. She teaches nutrition classes and contributes to company wellness programs all over Puget Sound. Her experience and passion come from her studies at Bastyr University, working in the field of nutrition for the past 6 years and currently serving as President of the local dietetic chapter in Seattle. Wherever her job, she helps clients on their journey to solve their unique health goals. Christy brings her creative nature and positive outlook to all she does with the field of nutrition.


Soo Ing-Moody
Mayor, Twisp, and Incoming AWC President
Originally from Canada, Soo travelled extensively for studies and work before making her home in Twisp. She completed her BA in Sociology and German at the University of Toronto, and her MA in Sociology and English at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Her work experience led her to Mongolia where she researched the Social Conditions of Wildfire; in the U.S., she was contracted by the U.S.  Forest Service to pilot a study on the impacts of Prescribed Burning and Smoke on Communities for the Chelan Ranger District.

Soo has been Mayor of Twisp since 2010, following a short nine-month period on the city council. She has led her town through uncertain times of financial, staffing, and wildfire challenges to a place of stability. She believes stability and vitality for municipalities of all sizes rest in our ability to build cooperative partnerships between jurisdictions, as demonstrated in her work as Founder and Chair of the Okanogan Council of Governments. She has a strong working relationship with legislators and advocates for healthy sustainable cities, greater public safety, and emergency preparedness (especially in relation to communications and interoperability).

Soo has been an active AWC member since 2010 – participating as facilitator and panelist during trainings and serving on the Strong Cities Advisory and Ad Hoc Action Committees, Legislative Committee, and as Secretary of the Education Advisory Committee. Recognized as a Woman of Valor for leadership by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Soo has also achieved AWC’s Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership. She currently serves on the AWC Executive Committee, as elected by the Board of Directors, and is AWC’s Incoming President.


Gary Jenkins
Police Chief, Pullman
Gary has been serving as the Pullman Chief of Police since July 2010. This appointment followed a 33-year career with the Claremont Police Department, located in Los Angeles County, California. Gary holds a Bachelor's in Management from the University of Redlands (CA) and a Master's in Leadership/Education from San Diego State University. He is a graduate of the California POST Command College and the FBI National Academy and serves as a Board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.


Dr. Steve Lerch
Chief Economist and Executive Director, Washington State Economic & Revenue Forecast Council
Steve most recently held the position of Research Director at the Washington State Investment Board. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, he has worked as an economist and researcher on public finance and health care issues in government (U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation; Washington State Department of Revenue) and the private sector (HCIA-Sachs/Solucient). He has also previously served as an interim director for the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.


Ann Macfarlane
Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament
Ann is a former diplomat and Russian translator who loves applying the formality of Robert’s Rules of Order to the chaotic reality of local government meetings. She has been presenting at AWC for 15 years. Ann has trained thousands of elected officials in Washington state and across the nation. She is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and, with Andrew Estep, is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A Guidebook for Elected Officials and Local Governments.


Pat McCarthy
State Auditor, Office of the Washington State Auditor
Pat is the 11th Washington State Auditor and became the first woman elected to the position in 2017. Previously, Pat was twice elected Pierce County Executive. She has also served as Pierce County Auditor and Deputy Auditor, and Board President for the Tacoma School District. As State Auditor, Pat leads 400 employees based in 15 offices across the state. Under her leadership, the vision and mission of the State Auditor’s Office is to increase trust in government through independent and transparent audits of state and local governments, and to help governments develop strategies to become more efficient and effective.


Andy Meyer, AICP
Special Projects Coordinator, AWC
Andy has worked for over 40 years in a variety of municipal settings as a planner, planning director, and consultant. He has worked for over 12 years at AWC handling a variety of unique projects that focus on helping members with land use planning, economic development, infrastructure, and small city issues, as well as with GIS and stormwater management tools.


Toni Nelson
Finance Consultant, Municipal Research and Services Center
Toni joined MRSC in 2014 as the finance consultant. She has worked in local government finance since 1990 and was previously the Small Cities Specialist with the State Auditor’s Office, Clerk Treasurer for Twisp, and an independent financial consultant working with small local governments across the State of Washington. Toni is a board member of the Washington Finance Officers Association (WFOA) and longtime member of the WFOA Education Committee. Toni conducts workshops on local government financial reporting, budgeting, and the essential duties of finance staff in smaller jurisdictions, with an emphasis on cash basis accounting and reporting.


Karina O’Malley
Safe Parking Coordinator, Lake Washington United Methodist Church
Karina started in working in shelters in the late 1980s in Boston, Massachusetts. She helped found The Sophia Way, a homeless shelter and housing program for women in Bellevue, in 2008 and has recently retired as a member of the board of directors. In 2011, she helped create and currently runs one of the largest safe parking programs in King County at her church in Kirkland.


Lindsay Osborne
Cities Program Manager, Office of the Washington State Auditor
Lindsay holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from Central Washington University and has worked in the State Auditor’s Office since 2004. Lindsay is the Audit Manager for Team Vancouver, which conducts state and local government audits in the Southwest Washington region. Additionally, Lindsay serves as the Cities Program Manager, facilitating city audits statewide.


Debbie Pennick
Assistant Director for the Center for Government Innovation, Office of the Washington State Auditor
Debbie guides the development of training, technical assistance, and online resources that help governments solve problems and deliver high value to the citizens they serve. During her 27 years with the State Auditor’s Office, she served 18 years as an Audit Manager in eastern Washington, where she had oversight for numerous financial statement, federal compliance, and accountability audits. She also acted as the Program Manager for cities and hospital districts and has worked for years providing trainings around the state.


Dr. James A. Polo, MD, MBA
Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueShield
James is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry with over 25 years of experience as an actively practicing physician in multiple treatment settings. He also has advanced degrees in both business and strategy. James has served in numerous executive leadership positions for large hospitals and healthcare systems, working to advance quality outcomes within a sustainable business model. He has been a consultant in the private sector and policy advisor at the national level. Currently, he serves as a board member for numerous professional and private organizations.


Jeff Price
Director of Recreation & Cultural Services, Mukilteo
Jeff has presented sessions and keynotes on leadership and business development at more than 20 conferences in the United States and Canada. Jeff has authored two books currently on Amazon on leadership and business development. He holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from Chadron State College. Jeff is Past President of the 2,500 member Washington Recreation & Park Association and is starting his 33rd year in municipal government in the great state of Washington. He is currently the Director of Recreation & Cultural Services for Mukilteo. Jeff and his family reside in Marysville.


Ed Prince
Councilmember, Renton & Director, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs
Ed has a strong background in public service. He has held various roles in government and in the non-profit sector. In addition to serving the Commission, Ed is also a member of the Renton City Council, serving as Council President in 2015. In that capacity, Ed continues to work on local and regional issues and delivers results for residents in South King County.

This is Ed’s third term of service with the Commission. In the early 2000’s, he served as the Executive Assistant, Legislation & Community Liaison and Acting Director.

Ed is a former chair of the City of Renton Planning Commission, past chair of the Renton Schools Bond and Levy Campaign and a founding director of the Renton Community Foundation's "The Next Curve." He also serves on the King County Regional Transit Committee, the King County Regional Water Quality Committee, and the Growth Management Policy Council.


Oskar Rey
Legal Consultant, Municipal Research and Services Center
Oskar has practiced municipal law since 1995. He served as Assistant City Attorney for Kirkland from 2005 to 2016, where he worked on a wide range of municipal topics including land use, public records, and public works. Oskar is a lifelong resident of Washington and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1992.


Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts & Associates LLC and Councilmember, Everett
Paul is a past President of AWC. He was formerly Planning and Community Development Director for Everett; Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager for Marysville; advisor to Gov. Booth Gardner; and Chief of Staff to Cong. Norm Dicks. He is currently Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board, Vice Chair of the Sound Transit Board, and an Everett city councilmember. Paul has over 45 years of experience in city management and policy involving land use, economics, and environment.


Jennifer Robertson
Councilmember, Bellevue
Jennifer is currently serving her fourth term on the Bellevue City Council. First elected in 2009, she served as deputy mayor in 2012 and 2013. She was re-elected to the council in 2011, 2015, and again in 2019. Jennifer represents Bellevue on the King County Growth Management Planning Council, AWC Large City Advisory Committee, King County Regional Transit Committee, and the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board. Jennifer is council liaison to the Transportation Commission and Library Board.

Jennifer is an attorney specializing in land use and municipal law and practices with Northwest Urban Law, PLLC. Prior to joining the City Council, she served on the Bellevue Planning Commission for six years, including a term as chair, and co-chaired Bellevue’s Light Rail Best Practices Committee. Jennifer volunteers in Bellevue schools and served as a member of the School District’s Fiscal Advisory Committee. She has been an active Girl Scout volunteer since 2004, serving as a troop leader since 2011.

Jennifer holds a law degree from Willamette University, cum laude, and a bachelor's degree in economics from University of Puget Sound. She and her husband Scott reside in the Somerset neighborhood and have three daughters.


Carl Schroeder
Government Relations Advocate, AWC
Prior to joining AWC, Carl worked as policy staff for the House Democratic Caucus in Olympia where he focused on environmental, housing, and land use issues. He attended the University of Washington, where he was a Mary Gates undergraduate fellow with the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Political Science with a concentration on political economics. A native of the Port Angeles area, Carl worked as a legislative assistant for Representative Kevin Van De Wege before joining the caucus staff in 2008. Carl began work at AWC in Sept 2011 and his portfolio includes land use and environmental issues, housing, and a number of general local government issues.


Cheryl Selby
Mayor, Olympia
Cheryl was elected to Olympia City Council Position 4 for a four-year term in November 2013. In November 2015, she was elected to a four-year term as Mayor and reelected in 2019.

When Cheryl first moved to Olympia, she worked with the city’s parks, arts, and recreation department. She volunteered in the Olympia School District as an Art Partner, PTA President, and levy campaign volunteer, and eventually co-chaired the successful 2003 bond campaign, which all contributed to her desire to strengthen and build communications in her community. Also in 2003, Cheryl started working in the Olympia Probation Services Department, directing both the Safe and Sober Driving Program and the Thurston County Safe Kids Coalition.

Cheryl has previously served on boards for Sidewalk, Thurston County Chamber, Parking Business Improvement Area, Olympia Artspace Alliance, Olympia Downtown Association, and Thurston County Boys and Girls Club, as well as numerous other nonprofit boards over the last 25 years.


Paul Simmons
Parks, Arts & Recreation Director, Olympia
Paul has been serving as the Director of Parks, Arts, and Recreation in Olympia since the fall of 2013, and prior to that he spent 10 years working in a similar role for Cheney. Paul’s career highlights include more than sixteen years as a department director and over 26 years of overall parks and recreation experience. This includes working for a county, school district, nonprofit agency, Air Force base, outdoor education camp, university, and six different cities. Paul believes in public service and, more importantly, believes in the role parks, arts, and recreation plays in the larger community. He is currently serving as President of the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) and is an active member and Past President of West Olympia Rotary.


Sharon Swanson
Government Relations Advocate, AWC
Sharon joined the AWC team in 2018. Her portfolio includes behavioral health, public safety, liability, and cannabis. Prior to joining AWC, Sharon spent two years as the legislative director for the Department of Social & Health Services. Sharon spent 12 years working as staff in the Senate, primarily focusing on general government and labor issues. Sharon is a graduate of Boise State University and the University of Idaho College of Law.


Riley Sweeney
Communications Officer, Ferndale
Riley prepares materials for the city website, manages social media, serves as public information officer, interacts with community groups, and runs the city’s Parks and Recreation activities. As a communications professional, Riley has conducted trainings for internal and external audiences and teaches to classes at Western Washington University on a quarterly basis.


Penny Sweet
Mayor, Kirkland
Penny began her first term on the Kirkland City Council in January 2010. In 2019 she was selected to serve as Mayor. Mayor Sweet serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, is the Vice Chair of the Cascade Water Alliance Board, Chair of the Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Caucus Co-chair for Sound Cities Association on the King County Regional Water Quality Committee,  and the King County EMS Advisory Task Force.

Penny grew up in Seattle and had a 31-year career with Group Health where she managed business operations for five outpatient medical centers and the hospitals and specialty centers in Seattle and Redmond. She moved to Kirkland in 1985 where she has owned and operated The Grape Choice, a retail wine shop, for 35 years. In 1999 she founded Celebrate Kirkland, Inc., a nonprofit that orchestrates Kirkland's annual 4th of July celebration. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Downtown Association and Hopelink.


Victoria Woodards
Mayor, Tacoma
Victoria has called Tacoma her home for nearly her entire life. She is a proud graduate of Tacoma’s Lincoln High School and served as a soldier in the United States Army. Before becoming mayor in 2018, she served as member of the city council. During that time, she launched Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment initiative which led to the establishment of its Office of Equity and Human Rights. She also spearheaded the city’s Project PEACE initiative which bridged community members with the Tacoma Police Department. Victoria champions these important issues while expanding her involvement in regional and national conversations on affordable housing, transportation, strengthening youth and families, public safety, growing local business, and the creation of family wage jobs.

Victoria serves on the NLC Board of Directors and co-chairs NLC’s Council on Youth, Education, and Families. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, she serves on the advisory board; as vice-chair of the Committee on Jobs, Education, and the Workforce; and as co-chair of the Women Mayors Leadership Alliance. She has also served as president of the Tacoma Urban League and as director of community development for the Tacoma Rainier. She has held leadership positions with the Tacoma Metropolitan Parks Board, the Washington State History Museum, and the Washington State Commission of African American Affairs.


Allison Williams
City Manager, Moses Lake
Allison has been the City Manager for Moses Lake since January 2020. Prior, she was Executive Services Director for Wenatchee, serving at the right hand of the strong mayor. Before that she was Community Planner for the city’s Department of Community of Development and Executive Director for the Wenatchee Downtown Association. Allison’s administrative and economic development successes vary over an array of management assignments ranging from the implementation of Wenatchee’s highly successful waterfront visioning and subarea planning process to leading a citizen’s committee that led to Wenatchee’s transition to electing councilmembers by district. She is eagerly working with the mayor and council to move the community forward in this time under the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a BA from Gonzaga University.

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