A scientist, mother, and community activist, Kate Akyuz has what it takes to lead in our City.
Kate Akyuz is a life-long Washingtonian and Mercer Island Resident since 2012. She has been a public servant for over 24 years. A University of Washington graduate, her career started with non-profit community-based environmental work in Seattle and Federal Way. Kate has supported thousands of volunteers providing training and logistical support for street tree plantings, open space reforestation, salmon habitat monitoring, and youth environmental education. Later in her career with the City of Seattle, Kate helped form the Forest Stewardship Program for the Green Seattle Partnership.
Today Kate is a Senior Capital Project Manager with the King County River and Floodplain Management Section. Kate manages large and complex projects involving flood safety and habitat restoration for federally-listed endangered species. Kate knows the ins and outs of Procurement, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, Permitting, and Construction Management. She regularly presents to community groups and elected leadership, bringing plain language and common sense solutions to todays challenging growth problems. Kate’s compassion for people, her leadership and management skills, and knowledge of practical government matters make her the ideal candidate for Mercer Island City Council. Kate has used these skills locally to run a Girl Scout Troop on Mercer Island and support PTA projects like Science Fun Night, Marketplace, and the Northwood Hootenany. Kate supports Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, Planned Parenthood, Carry the Future, and the Seattle Humane Society.
Kate lives in a blended family with her partner, Stephen Majewski, a Boeing engineer and retired Navy Pilot. Their kids starting with Kate’s from youngest to oldest are Atom and Alexandra Akyuz, and Lauren and John Majewski. Atom attends the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD), Alexandra is in 5th grade at West Mercer Elementary, Lauren is a senior at Mercer Island High School, and John is a sophomore at Washington State University. Beyaz, the family dog, at three years old and 106 pounds, is the magical glue that holds the family together.