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Rachel Smith Deputy Executive Rachel Smith is responsible for administration of the Executive’s Staff as well as directing strategic initiatives, external and internal policy coordination, intergovernmental relations, and communications. 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.
Chief Operating Officer Casey SixkillerChief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller is responsible for managing executive departments and coordinating key policies, serving as a senior advisor to the Executive, and engaging with elected officials and stakeholders throughout the county. Born and raised in Seattle, Casey began his career as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Jim McDermott. As an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Casey later helped establish Cherokee Nation’s first Washington Office, serving as the Nation’s lead advocate before Congress and federal agencies. He joined Senator Patty Murray’s legislative staff in 2003, advising the senator on transportation, housing and community development, and Tribal affairs, among other matters. From 2010-2018, Casey served as the managing partner and founder of Sixkiller Consulting, LLC.
Dwight_Dively_Retouch_PortraitBudget Director Dwight Dively leads the office responsible for developing and monitoring the biennial King County budget, implementing the King County Strategic Plan, identifying and tracking performance measures, developing and implementing the King County Comprehensive Plan, overseeing business planning, and conducting the annual employee survey. He oversees a wide range of activities, including project analysis, financial forecasting, program evaluation, 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 between 1994 and 2010. He is also an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Communications Director Alex FryerCommunications 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.
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. 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.
Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams

Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams spearheads our Investing in YOU strategy to make King County a place where all employees have the tools, support, and opportunity to do their best work for our community. Whitney is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for King County Executive Dow Constantine. She has extensive knowledge and experience working on human resources and labor issues, with more than 15 years as a union negotiator where she also led negotiations for the King County Coalition of Unions. She is responsible for building strong and successful labor-management partnerships, and both the Office of Labor Relations and Department of Human Resources report to her. She also works to embed the principles of Equity and Social Justice into the way employees work and are treated, and was a founding member of the Metro Transit’s Partnership to Achieve Comprehensive Equity (PACE).

Gary_Kurihara_Retouch_PortraitChief 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.
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