Local Government Fellow

Carrie S. Cihak

King County, WA


Chief of Policy, King County, WA

As Chief of Policy for the highest-ranking elected official of the 13th largest county in the United States, Carrie is responsible for identifying the highest priority policy areas and community outcomes for leadership focus and for developing and launching innovative solutions to issues that are complex, controversial and cross-sectoral. She serves as a member of the Executive’s leadership team and Cabinet, and is a sponsor for the County’s nationally-recognized work on equity and social justice. Prior to her work in Executive Constantine’s administration, Carrie served for eight years as a senior-level policy and budget analyst for the King County Council and as lead staff for the King County Board of Health. She is trained as a Ph.D.-level (ABD) economist specializing in Japan and served as staff economist on international trade and finance for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.