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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 membership on the Highline Forum:

  • City of Burien – Councilmember Nancy Tosta and City Manager Brian Wilson
  • City of Des Moines – Mayor Matt Pina and City Manager Michael Matthias
  • City of Federal Way – Mayor Jim Ferrell and Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson
  • City of Normandy Park – Deputy Mayor Michelle Sipes-Marvin and City Manager Mark Hoppen
  • City of SeaTac – Mayor Erin Sitterley (temporarily) and City Manager Carl Cole
  • City of Tukwila – Councilmember Kathy Hougardy and Policy Analyst Laurel Humphrey
  • Highline College – President John Mosby and VP for Institutional Advancement Josh Gerstman
  • Highline Public Schools – Board Member Aaron Garcia Virgen and Chief Operational Officer Scott Logan
  • Port of Seattle – Commissioner Ryan Calkins and Senior Director of Aviation Lance Lyttle

An elected representative from the Port of Seattle and a jurisdiction or institution co-chair moderate the meetings. The 2020 Co-Chairs are Commissioner Calkins and Councilmember Assefa-Dawson.

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Meeting Schedule

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. at alternating locations.

2020 Meeting Dates

Due to the COVID-19 response, the September 23, 2020 meeting 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.

Date and Time: Host: Location: Directions:
November 18
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Microsoft Teams Meeting Please email Dave Kaplan and put Highline Forum RSVP in the subject line. Dave will email you the link to the meeting NA

Note regarding public comment

In conformance with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” executive orders, there will be no physical location for the next meeting in September. 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 Zoom: 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 Wednesday, July 22. You will then be provided with a link to join the Zoom meeting.

This process will be in place until further notice.

2020 Meeting Materials

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (MS Teams Meeting)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (MS Teams Meeting)

To attend the virtual Zoom meeting, please email Dave Kaplan and put “Highline Forum RSVP” in the subject line. He will provide you the link to the meeting as we draw closer to the date. Please see the note above regarding public comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (Zoom Meeting)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (Host – City of SeaTac)

City of SeaTac City Hall | Council Chambers | 4800 S 188th St. | SeaTac, WA 98188 | Map

2019 Meeting Materials

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (Host – City of Des Moines)

Dining Hall at Des Moines Beach Park Event Center | 22307 Dock Avenue S | Des Moines, WA 98198 | Map

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (Host – City of Tukwila)

Sullivan Center at Tukwila Village | 14350 Tukwila International Blvd S | Tukwila, WA 98168 | Map

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (Host – Highline College)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (Host – City of SeaTac)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (Host City – Federal Way)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (Host – City of Burien)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (Host – Highline School District)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (Host – City of Normandy Park)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (Cancelled)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Host – Port of Seattle)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (Host – City of Federal Way)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (Host – City of SeaTac)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (Host – City of Tukwila)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (Host – City of Des Moines)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (Host – City of SeaTac)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (Host – Port of Seattle)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (Host – City of Tukwila)

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