Susan Wilkins - Lake Washington School Board - District 5

Susan Wilkins is running for the District 5 position on the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors.

Susan has lived on Education Hill in Redmond with her husband and four children since 1997.  She was a PTSA member and volunteer at her children's schools.  They attended Einstein, Horace Mann and Rockwell Elementary, as well as Redmond Junior High, Rose Hill Middle School and Redmond High School.  Her children also participated in alternate learning programs such as Quest, Choice, homeschooling, Running Start and WaNIC.

Susan attended Wellesley College and received a B.A. in Geology.

Environmental and Community Activism:

Though many years of environmental advocacy work, Susan has gained a broad understanding and familiarity with the land use rules and regulations of the various agencies that apply within the Lake Washington School District boundaries.  Her projects have required knowledge of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the King County Code and Comprehensive Plan, the Bear Creek Basin Plan, the Redmond Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan and the Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040.

Major Projects:

Willowmoor Task Force (2013-2019 ongoing) - appointed by the King County Flood Control District to study and evaluate redesign of the transition zone between Lake Sammamish and the Sammamish Slough to mitigate flooding and restore salmon habitat.

Water Tenders (president 2017-2020) - Water Tenders is the oldest grass-roots environmental group in King County and works to protect the Bear Creek Watershed including Bear Creek, Cottage Creek, Cold Creek, Evans Creek and their tributaries.

Long Term Facilities Planning Task Force (2014-2015) - appointed by the Lake Washington School District to study school building usage and to recommend strategies to address enrollment growth.

Black Canyon Hydroelectric Dam Opposition (2012-2016) - joined environmental opposition to 25MW dam on the North Fork Snoqualmie River (FERC P-14110) with residents of Ernie's Grove and Snoqualmie. Dam was not built.

Issaquah Rivers and Streams Board (1989-1993) - reviewed citywide development plans as the City of Issaquah was adopting its Comprehensive Plan and Shoreline Master Program that were both mandates of the newly passed Growth Management Act of 1990.