Mayor & Council


Mike Quinn, Mayor
Mayor Mike
Term ends: December 31, 2025

Mike worked at the Microsoft Corporation for 25 years, holding various roles across World Wide Sales Leadership, Global Supply Chain Operations, Strategic Planning and Finance.  Most recently, Mike served as Vice President of Sales leading and managing one of Microsoft's top Global Customers. Over the years he held key international roles including expatriate assignments in Dublin, Ireland and Shenzhen, China.

Prior to Microsoft, Mike held various financial and leadership roles across several Biotechnology and Health Care related companies located in Washington, California, and Texas.

Mike is active in his community, having been appointed as Mayor in January 2021 after serving his 3rd term for the Town Council in Woodway Washington. Mike also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

Mike grew up locally and attended Blanchet High School and Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Finance. He met his wife of 34 years at Blanchet and has 4 grown daughters. In his spare time, Mike enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, skiing, hiking and fly fishing. Additionally, Mike has a passion for bee keeping and keeps several hives locally.

Rajeev Thakur, Council Position 1R. Thakur for web
Term ends: December 31, 2025

Mr. Thakur was appointed to the Planning Commission in April 2021 and brings his extensive experience in architecture, urban planning, and economic development to the council. His career has included working with both large corporate clients and small communities. Mr. Thakur moved to Woodway with his wife three years ago after falling in love with the Pacific Northwest and Woodway. He feels that listening respectfully, patiently, and without prejudice is one of a councilmember’s most important jobs.

John Brock, Council Position 2Councilmember John Brock
Term ends: December 31, 2027

John grew up in Edmonds and joined the Coast Guard after graduating from high school. He served on active duty and as a reservist for a total twelve years. He studied civil engineering and land surveying in college. He currently works for a computer software company, providing technical support and development team work. John lives in the Woodway Estates neighborhood.

John served on the Town’s Planning Commission from January 2020 to February 2021. In March 2021, he was appointed to fill a Council vacancy. He feels that our local Town government has been “a bright spot, a welcome relief, and positive counterpoint to the chaos of our national politics.” “I am honored to be involved in that effort,” he said.

Dr. Steven Mitchell, Council Position 3
Term ends: Upon certification of the 2025 General Election           

Bio coming soon!               

Jim Willett, Council Position 4

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Term ends: December 31, 2027

Jim grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington in 1974. He entered the Navy and was commissioned an officer and naval aviator from 1974 to 1982. He received an honorable discharge and in 1983 joined the Seattle office of Merrill Lynch. In 1987, Jim resigned and started a recycling business which gradually expanded and took him to California and Arizona. In 2010 he sold the business and retired.

Jim is married and together he and his wife have raised two sons who both live nearby. They first became familiar with Woodway when they would ride their bikes with the children in tow on trailers from their first home in Richmond Beach through Town to the Edmonds Bakery. So much has changed in the surrounding communities but not in Woodway, it is the same quietly charming place that captured our hearts some 30 years ago. There are a few more residents now and a lot more children which is encouraging to see. It is an honor to serve the people of Woodway and I plan to do my best to preserve and protect this good place we are caretakers of.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Council Position 5Councilmember Elizabeth Mitchell
Term ends: December 31, 2027

In 2008, Mayor Nichols appointed me to fill a vacancy on the Council. At that time my husband, stepdaughter, two dogs, two horses and I had lived in Woodway 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.

Like almost everyone who lives here, I want to preserve Woodway’s character for future residents to enjoy as I have. The pressures of growth require us to participate in regional decision-making in order to preserve the Town’s character and understand the complex changes taking place in our County. Woodway was a sleepier sort of place when I first arrived, but I believe increased participation in County and State issues has been to the Town’s 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 Affordability, 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 re-activating an interest in art-making through membership in the Seattle Artist League.

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