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The 10 members of the Executive Leadership Team meet daily to monitor the day-to-day operations of King County government, anticipate needs, and address emergent issues.

Fred Jarrett Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett oversees and directs the work of the Executive Branch, including its departments, operations, and policy development. He is head of the Executive Leadership Team and leads the Executive’s Reform Agenda, creating a single management system focused on improved performance and transparency for citizens and stakeholders. Previously a state senator, Jarrett served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor and as a city council and school board member. Jarrett has also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company.

Sung Yang

Chief of Staff Sung Yang oversees and directs the Executive’s special projects, leads the external relations and intergovernmental affairs teams, and coordinates with policy and communications staff around the Exec’s major initiatives. Previously, he was chief of staff for Seattle City Light. His experience in state and local government includes serving as council relations director for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, legislative aide for Seattle City Council member Martha Choe, and deputy director for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.


Rhonda Berry Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry manages the day-to-day operations of the Executive Branch and oversees eight department directors in the Executive’s cabinet. She is the point of contact for controversial or problematic issues. For 19 years, Berry worked at the City of Tukwila, the past five years as City Administrator with responsibility for eight department directors, 315 full-time employees, and a general operating budget of $45 million. Prior to her career with Tukwila, she spent nearly 12 years as a systems engineer for the IBM Corporation.

Joe WoodsDeputy Chief of Staff Joe Woods provides a wide variety of high-level support to the Executive, including providing strategic counsel and managing his Council relations and legislative affairs. Woods most recently served as the Exec’s Council relations manager. Previously, he was policy director for Constantine when he served on the King County Council. Woods has also worked in senior level positions on numerous campaigns. Prior to that, he spent several years in investment banking, helping small businesses raise start-up capital.

CarolineWhalenCounty Administrative Officer Caroline Whalen advises the Executive on administrative ramifications of policy decisions, oversees the offices of Risk Management, Emergency Management, and Civil Rights, and provides staff support to the King County Board of Ethics. She is director of the Department of Executive Services and has managed a number of complex projects and initiatives, including King County's nationally-recognized employee health reform initiative.

Dwight DivelyBudget Director Dwight Dively leads the offices responsible for developing and monitoring the annual King County budget, implementing the King County Strategic Plan, and identifying and tracking performance measures. As director of Performance, Strategy and Budget, he oversees a wide range of activities, including project analysis, financial forecasting, demographic analysis, and policy development. Prior to King County, Dively had a 22-year career with City of Seattle, most recently serving as Director of Finance and leading the city’s financial and budget management initiatives since 1994.

Carrie Cihat Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives Carrie S. Cihak develops solutions for issues that are complex, controversial, cross-agency, or of particular concern to the Executive. She leads a team of advisors known informally as the “policy pod" to guide implementation of the goals of the King County Strategic Plan. Cihak comes to the Executive Office after eight years as a senior-level policy and budget analyst for the County Council. She is trained as a Ph.D.-level economist and worked on international trade and finance for President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers.

Frank AbeDirector of Communications Frank Abe oversees the flow of information to the public and is the main media contact for the Executive Office. Abe served for seven years as communications director for the County Council and executive producer of King County TV. He previously served as communications director for former County Executive Gary Locke, and as a media specialist in King County DOT. For 14 years, he covered local government and the County Courthouse for KIRO Newsradio 710. Abe is a founding member of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Natasha JonesDirector of Customer Service Natasha Jones advances customer and employee satisfaction by improving the County’s delivery of customer service. She leads an inter-departmental team of Customer Service Officers, establishing performance measures and inspiring a culture of continuous improvement. Jones has served in a communications and media relations role for three executive administrations and two other local governments, where she has focused on public outreach and government accessibility. Before working in government, she was a television news assignment editor, producer, reporter, and anchor.

Patti Cole-Tindall Director of Labor Relations Patti Cole-Tindall is the key advisor to the Executive and County Council on labor strategic planning, labor policy development, and employment law. She serves as the chief negotiator for the County and is responsible for directing and administering relations with organized labor. She has served four different departments over the past 12 years, most recently as assistant director of the Community Corrections Division in the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD). Previously, Cole-Tindall was responsible for the regional investigative program at the Washington State Employment Security Department which was designed to detect fraud and theft of unemployment insurance benefits.

Dylan OrdonezDirector of External Relations Dylan Ordoñez manages relations on behalf of Executive Constantine with constituent and community organizations within King County. He also works with the intergovernmental affairs, communications, and policy teams on major countywide initiatives. Before joining King County, Ordoñez worked in the Seattle mayor's office and the Oregon State Legislature as a Legislative Assistant in both the House and Senate.

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401 5th Ave. Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

Main phone: 206-263-9600
TTY: Relay: 711
FAX: 206-296-0194

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Dow Constantine


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