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Highline Forum

 The Highline Forum provides Southwest King County municipalities, educational governing bodies, and the Port of Seattle with the opportunity to share information, interact with outside speakers and other governmental organizations, and work in partnership on initiatives that benefit the residents of Southwest King County.

One elected representative and one senior administrator from the following jurisdictions or institutions make up the membership of the Highline Forum:

  • City of Burien – Deputy Mayor Kevin Schilling and City Manager Adolfo Bailon
  • City of Des Moines – Mayor Matt Mahoney and City Manager Michael Matthias
  • City of Federal Way – Mayor Jim Farrell and Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson
  • City of Normandy Park – Councilmember Eric Zimmerman and City Manager Amy Arrington
  • City of SeaTac – Deputy Mayor Senayet Negusse and City Manager Carl Cole
  • City of Tukwila – Councilmember Kathy Hougardy and Policy Analyst Laurel Humphrey
  • Highline College – VP for Institutional Advancement Josh Gerstman and External Relations Shakira Ericksen
  • Port of Seattle – Commissioner Fred Felleman and Aviation Managing Director Lance Lyttle

An elected representative from the Port of Seattle (Commissioner Fred Felleman) and a jurisdiction or institution co-chair (Des Moines Mayor Matt Mahoney) moderate the meetings.

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Review the Highline Forum Operating Procedures

2023 Meeting Schedule and Dates

The Forum meets six times a year. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Meetings are hybrid: we meet in person, or you may attend virtually on MS Teams. To attend the Teams meeting, please email Dave Kaplan and put “Highline Forum RSVP” in the subject line. He will provide you with the link to the meeting as the date draws closer.

Day: Date: Time: Location: Decorative
Please email Dave Kaplan and put Highline Forum RSVP in the subject line. Dave will email you the link to the Microsoft Teams meeting. This practice will apply until further notice.
Wednesday March 22, 2023 2:30 – 4:30 p.m Port of Seattle Airport Office Building
Wednesday May 24, 2023 2:30 – 4:30 p.m Highline Public Schools, ERA Highline College, Building 2
Wednesday July 26, 2023 2:30 – 4:30 p.m Highline College, Building 8  Highline School District, Highline High School
Wednesday Sept. 27, 2023 2:30 – 4:30 p.m Des Moines Police Department meeting room
Wednesday Nov. 22, 2023 2:30 – 4:30 p.m City of SeaTac, City Hall

Note regarding public comment

Those who wish to provide public comment will have the opportunity to:

  1. Deliver public comment via email: All written comments received by email to will be distributed to Forum members. 
  2. Deliver public comment via Microsoft Teams: To take advantage of this option, please email with your name and the topic you wish to speak to by 9:00 a.m. PT on the Wednesday of the meeting. You will then be provided with a link to join the Teams meeting.

This process will be in place until further notice.

2023 Meeting Materials

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

(Hybrid: Des Moines Police Department meeting room and via MS Teams)

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

(Hybrid: HIghline High School, Room 2006, and via MS Teams)

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

(Hybrid: Highline College, Building 2 and via MS Teams)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

(Hybrid: The Conference Center at SEA, Room 5D and via MS TEAMS)

Select to view directions to the meeting location.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

(Hybrid: Federal Way City Hall and via MS TEAMS)

Select to view a map of the meeting location.

Please visit the Highline Forum Meeting Materials Archive for documents published in 2022 or earlier.

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