Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership Team meets daily to monitor the day-to-day operations of King County government, anticipate needs, and address emergent issues.
Senior Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett leads an initiative to improve local and contract public services to urban and rural unincorporated areas of King County. Previously a state senator, Fred served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor and as a city council and school board member. He also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company.
Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry leads inter-agency and community coordination and strategy to further reduce the number of youth in detention. To ensure the work incorporates science and evidence-based approaches with a lens on the impact of trauma on youth, Rhonda works from a new position at Public Health – Seattle & King County. For 19 years, Rhonda 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.
Chief of Staff Rachel Smith is responsible for administration of the Executive’s Staff as well as directing strategic initiatives and external and internal policy coordination. She previously served as Director of Government Relations in the Executive’s Office and has nearly 15 years of government affairs, policy, and advocacy experience, including various positions at Sound Transit and serving in the administration of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.
Budget 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, Dwight 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.
Communications Director Alex Fryer oversees media relations, social media, and internal communications, and coordinates strategy across departments. Before joining the Executive’s Office, he was vice president of public affairs for The Fearey Group. Alex previously served as press secretary and senior advisor to former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. An award-winning journalist, Alex was a reporter for The Seattle Times and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Director 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. Natasha 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.
Director 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, Dylan worked in the Seattle mayor's office and the Oregon State Legislature as a Legislative Assistant in both the House and Senate.
Director of Employee Engagement Whitney Abrams is a member of the executive leadership team and is spearheading our Investing in You strategy to create a culture that recognizes the importance of an engaged, diverse and innovative workforce in delivering equitable, high quality service to our residents and customers. She is also responsible for building strong and successful labor-management partnerships, and oversees the work of the Office of Labor Relations and the Human Resources division.
Chief Performance Officer Gary Kurihara leads and directs the transformation of County operations through the adoption of Lean. This includes strategic planning & execution, performance management, process improvement, leadership development, culture change, and the development of an enterprise management system. Gary comes to King County with over 20 years of experience in operations, sales, human resources, and Lean having worked across several industries in the private sector.