Mayor & Council


Mayor Carla NicholsCarla A. Nichols, Mayor
Term ends: December 31, 2021

I am a northwest native who has lived in Woodway since 1991. I was raised on an apple ranch in eastern Oregon, and attended Whitman College followed by receiving a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fisk University, Nashville, TN.

 My professional experience includes community mental health administration and ten years with King County government as a program administrator. I married my college beau, Dean Nichols, and have three adult sons. My proudest Woodway accomplishment: working with other elected leaders and residents to bring a combined total of $ 3.9M in state and county funds to Woodway for the purchase of public open space and park lands. These lands are for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Tom Whitson, Council Position 1
Term ends: December 31, 2021Councilmember Tom Whitson

My family and I have made our home in Woodway since 2000 when we completed the building of our new house. We lived in Edmonds for 12 years prior to moving to Woodway. We enjoy the quiet, great friends and neighbors, and the beautiful views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains to the west.

For the past twenty years I have been involved in financial advisory work with municipalities, hospitals, and private corporations. I have degrees from the University of California and Columbia University in the City of New York .

My involvement with the Town of Woodway began over five years ago. On the Planning Commission I worked on the Comprehensive Plan for the Town, the Parks Committee, the Pt. Wells Advisory Committee and the Critical Areas Ordinance. I left the Planning Commission as Chairman when I was appointed to Council Position #1.

I am interested in contributing to the success that Woodway, as a community, has enjoyed. Going forward the Town will need to respond and plan for impacts from development proposals as well as maintaining the services we have come to expect.

Mike Quinn, Council Position 2
Term ends: After certification of the 2019 general election

Mike was appointed to Position 2 in June 2018. His bio will be available soon!


Councilmember Brian BogenBrian K. Bogen, Council Position 3
Term ends: After certification of the 2019 general election                              

Brian Bogen is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital in their Private Capital Group making long term investments, primarily in family owned businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. He has previously served as President and CEO of North Star Petroleum; as President of Bogen & Company, a financial consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and debt offerings; and as Vice President for several regional banks.

Mr. Bogen is active in the community and recently served as President of the Board of Directors for the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bogen also recently concluded his term as President of the Northwest Forum, a group of PNW based business leaders. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Long Live the Kings and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Bogen has previously served on the Board of Directors for A Contemporary Theatre, Northwest Chinook Recovery, the Washington Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Navios (a global shipping company), and currently serves on the Board of Hamilton Urban Partners, a leading apartment developer in the Seattle area.

Bogen graduated from the University of Washington and attended the Albers Graduate School of Business at Seattle University. He graduated from the Senior Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005.

Bogen is an Eagle Scout and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys Golfing, Fishing and Hunting. Mr. & Mrs. Bogen and their three children reside in Woodway, Washington!

Councilmember Tom HowardTom Howard, Council Position 4
Term ends: December 31, 2019

A fifteen year resident of Woodway, I moved here with my Northwest-native wife Nancy, our two daughters, and our son after eighteen years in Seattle. I was born, raised & educated in Western Kentucky, and moved to Seattle in the late seventies to continue my engineered machinery career. I am currently employed as Area Manager for Weir Minerals North America.

I have served on the Seattle Metro Citizens Water Quality Advisory Committee, and am a long time member of the Water Environment Federation as well as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Prior to being appointed to Council Position #4, I spent the better part of two terms on the Town's Planning Commission.

My personal goal for Position #4 is to preserve the character & beauty of Woodway that originally attracted my family to this town.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Council Position 5elizabeth for web 2018
Term ends: December 31, 2019

In 2008, I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Council. At that time, my family had lived in Woodway for nearly a decade. Part of the reason we chose Woodway was the opportunity the Town gives residents to keep horses and other “farm” animals at home. We also came for the trees and the unparalleled location––so near and yet so far from our state’s largest city.

Like almost everyone who lives here, I want to preserve Woodway’s character for future residents to enjoy. The pressures of growth require us to participate in regional decisionmaking in order to preserve the Town’s character and understand the complex changes taking place in our region. Many changes are beyond our control but nevertheless promise to a�€ect us greatly. I believe the Town’s increased participation in County and Regional issues has been
to our benefit.

As a Councilmember, I have represented the Town as a member of Snohomish County Cities, Snohomish County Tomorrow, the Snohomish County Policy Advisory Board, the Alliance for Housing A�€ordability, and as an alternate for the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Board.

Apart from Town activities, I spend time with my family and my horse, am nearly retired from a small business, serve on the board of the Whitehorse Foundation, and am an active member of the Seattle Artist League.

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