Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus was elected to the board of Association of Washington Cities (AWC) at the association’s annual conference, which was held in Spokane on June 20-23, 2023.
Mayor Backus will represent district 13 on the board, which is comprised of the 16 cities in south King County.
“I am honored to be able to serve South King County cities as an AWC board member,” Backus said. “AWC is such a valuable asset to ensure cities like ours have a voice and strong advocacy for our unique needs. It will be challenging work and I will do my best for my South King County neighbors.”
Backus has been an active and engaged member of AWC, serving on its Large Cities Advisory Committee, Legislative Priorities Committee, and on the AWC Center for Quality Communities (CQC) Scholarship Committee. She is also regionally involved, serving on the Board of Sound Transit, the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, the King County Regional Policy Committee (RPC), the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board, and as a member of South Sound Affordable Housing Partners (SSHAP) and Chair of South King Housing & Homeless Partners (SKHHP). She previously served as President of the Sound Cities Association (SCA) Board.
“Mayor Backus is a dynamic and influential leader, and we are thrilled to have her join the board of AWC,” said AWC CEO Deanna Dawson. “From housing and homelessness, to transportation, to public safety, Mayor Backus brings a wealth of subject matter expertise to the table. She is also a bridge builder, and knows that we are stronger when we work together. I look forward to partnering with Mayor Backus to achieve great things for our 281 member cities.”
AWC serves its members through advocacy, education, and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns.