Seattle, Washington , United States
May 28, 2005 06:54pm
|Info||Elected to the Metropolitan King County Council in 1983, Cynthia has spent the past 19 years proudly serving the heart of North Seattle. This year she is honored to be chosen by her fellow councilmembers to serve as chair of the County Council. During a time of budget challenges, Cynthia is leading the Council through difficult decisions and working to ensure that county residents continue to receive the best from their government. |
As one of King County�s foremost experts on growth management, Cynthia has championed for sound land use policy that protects rural King County from urban sprawl. Cynthia has written the last three Comprehensive Plans for King County, two of them as chair of the Growth Management & Unincorporated Areas Committee.
A tireless advocate for the environment, Cynthia founded King County World Conservation Corps in 1995. King County World Conservation Corps, currently EarthCorps, initiated a public private partnership that brought together young people, from around the world, to volunteer their services on environmental restoration. EarthCorps trains and educates youth volunteers on restoration, and the northwest's natural landscape. In 2001, EarthCorps dedicated the �Sullivan Award� to honor Cynthia's influence on environmental restoration. The award is now bestowed upon local advocates working to restore and protect the northwest's natural landscapes.
Cynthia serves on the Board of Sound Transit and is chair of the Board's Central Link Oversight Committee. The proposed northern segment of Sound Transit�s Central link Light Rail runs through the heart of District Two, and Cynthia has worked to ensure that this system will be beneficial to both transit users and local residents. In addition, Cynthia formed and chaired Sound Transit�s Transit Oriented Development committee. With a growth management and planning background, Cynthia brought foresight to Sound Transit's planning efforts by encouraging the development of new housing and commercial property near transit hubs
Cynthia has been a key leader in providing funding for King County�s human services. The Fremont Public Association awarded Cynthia their �Local Hero Award,� for her lifelong work to ensure we live in a just and caring community. In addition, Cynthia was a former member of the National Steering Committee of the National Women�s Political Caucus, and has been recognized for her efforts to help women and children throughout the region, especially in the area of domestic violence and literacy programs.
Cynthia Sullivan has lived in King and Snohomish Counties all her life. After graduating from Snohomish High School she received her Bachelors in Urban Planning from the University of Washington, and has performed work toward a Masters in Public Policy. She acquired experience in both the public and private sectors before entering elective office. Cynthia now resides with her husband in Wedgwood, has two children and is a proud new grandparent.