Our panel features some of the most impressive and bold leaders of three important agencies in our region.
Sally Clark | UW Director of Regional and Community Relations, and former Seattle City Councilmember.
Sally Clark served on the Seattle City Council from 2006 to 2015. Clark served as the Chair of the committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency. She also served as the Chair of the Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality. Clark was also a member of the Energy Committee and Education and Governance Committee. During her time on Council, Sally has served as the Council President and as the Chair of the Committee on the Built Environment.
Prior to joining the city council, Clark was director of community resources at the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Northwest Association for Housing Affordability. She held several legislative aide positions, as well as neighborhood development posts, from 1997 to 2004.
As UW’s director of regional and community relations, Clark leads the University’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government.
Seattle Police Chief | Carmen Best
Carmen Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years, and was confirmed as Chief of Police on August 13 of this year.
Prior to her current post, Best served at nearly every level of the Department, rising through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander, and deputy chief. As Deputy Chief, Best oversaw the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.
Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy. In 2016, Best completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.
In 2015, she received the "Newsmaker of the Year" award from the Seattle Black Press.
King County Sheriff | Mitzi Johanknecht
Mitzi Johanknecht has served her community for 33 years and is an experienced, progressive law enforcement leader. She began her law enforcement career with the King County Sheriff’s Office on January 8th, 1985, and through her history of dedication and hard work, along with a strong sense of honor and respect she worked her way up through the ranks and was elected to the position of Sheriff on November 7, 2017.
She has served in leadership roles in every division in the Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy, she was the first to work with a multi-disciplinary team in King County housing. She collaborated with other agencies, community groups and residents to build relationships and trust, promoting public safety. Mitzi was the first woman to command TAC-30, the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.
Mitzi and her wife, Maureen, live in West Seattle. She volunteers on the board of Companis, a local non-profit, and does production assistant work for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses.
Seattle School Superintendent | Denise Juneau
Denise Juneau became Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools on July 1, 2018. She leads Washington state’s largest K-12 school district, a vibrant and diverse community of over 53,000 scholars.
Denise received her bachelor's degree in English from Montana State University where she continued her education and earned a master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After teaching and working at the state education agency, Denise set her sights on the legal profession and received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.
Denise is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. In 2008, she became the first American Indian woman in the country ever elected to an executive statewide office.