Speaker

Janice Zahn

Council Member

Bellevue, Washington

Biography

Janice Zahn joined the Bellevue City Council in November 2017, after being elected earlier that month to fill the previously vacated Position 5 seat. A longtime construction manager at the Port of Seattle, Janice strives to make the city more strategic, regional and communicative. She has lived in Bellevue since 1994. 

Council Member Zahn’s priorities include managing Bellevue’s rapid growth to address “the increasing tension between livability and economic vitality,” ensuring more streets serve a variety of users and finding ways to make housing more affordable for all who want to live in Bellevue. 

Council Member Zahn represents the Bellevue Council on the King County Eastside Transportation Partnership Steering Committee, the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee and the Puget Sound Regional Council Regional Transit-Oriented Development Advisory Committee. She is also council liaison to the Issaquah School Board and Parks & Community Services Board. Earlier this year, Council Member Zahn was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) Council. Noting Bellevue’s diversity, she wants to ensure that the city continues its work to be more inclusive and celebrate the richness of its culture. 

Council Member Zahn served on the city’s Transportation Commission from 2013 to 2017. She has also been a Girl Scout leader and participated with the PTSA. In 1997 and 1998, she participated in the city’s Advance Bellevue community leadership program. She volunteers with The Sophia Way, an Eastside nonprofit that provides shelter for homeless women. 

An immigrant from Hong Kong, Janice lives in the Greenwich Crest neighborhood with her husband, Dwain, and daughters, Megan and Leah. She is an active member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington Evans School, as well as a Master of Science degree in structural engineering and mechanics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, both from the University of Washington.