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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 on the Highline Forum:

  • City of Burien – Deputy Mayor Kevin Schilling and Interim City Manager Carolyn Hope
  • 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 Michelle Sipes-Marvin and City Manager Amy Arrington
  • City of SeaTac – Councilmember Peter Kwon 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 Toshiko Hasegawa and Aviation Managing Director Lance Lyttle

An elected representative from the Port of Seattle and a jurisdiction or institution co-chair moderate the meetings.

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2022 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

Due to the COVID-19 response, meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams. To attend the virtual meeting, please email Dave Kaplan and put “Highline Forum RSVP” in the subject line. He will provide you the link to the meeting as the date draws closer.

Day: Date: Time: Location:
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 23 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. HOST: City of Des Moines (virtual)
Wednesday May 25 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. HOST: City of Federal Way and via MS Teams
Wednesday July 27 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. HOST: Highline College (TBD)
Wednesday Sept. 28 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. HOST: Highline School District (TBD)
Wednesday Nov. 16 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. HOST: City of SeaTac (TBD)

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.

2022 Meeting Materials

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (Hybrid: Federal Way City Hall and via MS TEAMS)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (MS Teams Meeting)

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 (MS Teams Meeting)

Please visit the Highline Forum Meeting Materials Archive for documents published in 2021 or earlier.

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