Janice Zahn was sworn in by King County District Judge Lisa O’Toole as a new Bellevue City Councilmember for the Position 5 seat on Monday. Councilmember Zahn was elected to the council in November and her term officially began when the election was certified on Nov. 26.
Prior to joining the council, Zahn served on the Transportation Commission from 2013 to 2017. A longtime construction manager, she has lived in Bellevue since 1994.
According to her council biography, 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.
Noting Bellevue’s diversity, Zahn wants to ensure that the city continues its work to be more inclusive and celebrate the richness of its culture.
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, Zahn 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.
Zahn 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.
Zahn’s term expires Dec. 31, 2019.