Margaret A. Pageler
GOVERNANCE AND EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
State of Washington Growth Management Hearings Board - Term of office 2004-2016
- Administrative law judge for land use and planning
Seattle City Council 1992-2003
- Council President 2000-2001
- Chaired Council committees on public safety, health, energy,
public utilities, environmental management, and intergovernmental
- Member, Puget Sound Regional Council, King County Growth Management
Planning Council, Regional Water Quality Committee, and various
interjurisdictional salmon recovery forums
- Chair, Seattle Public Utilities Operating Board
- Executive committee Association of Washington Cities
Stoel Rives LLP 1981-1991
- Varied legal practice including real estate, banking, utility, environmental and municipal law
Selected Civic Involvement
- Washington State and Seattle/King County Boards of Health, 6 years
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, board chair 3 years
- Sister city associations - Seattle/Gdynia, Seattle/Kaohsiung, Seattle/Chongqing
- Seattle Planning Commission, 3 years
- Allied Arts of Seattle, board member and president
- Founding board member Mothers Against Violence in America, 1000 Friends of Washington, Northwest Climate Change Council, Vision Seattle
- Various - Illinois: Schaumburg (IL) Elementary School District school board, 6 years, Northwest (IL) Special Ed Cooperative, board chair 3 years
- Elected 2006 to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council, a voice for the global community on critical water issues. Served 2006 to 2011
- Elected in 2003 to the Global Executive Committee of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Served 2003 to 2012. ICLEI is an international consortium of more than 1,000 cities committed to best practices in environmental management
- Municipal League 2001 James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award
- BA, Wheaton College, IL
- MSEd, Northern Illinois University (educational administration)
- JD, University of Chicago Law School
Utilities & Environment
- Water Supply. Provided political oversight of water supply system serving 1.3 million people, as well as Seattle’s stormwater, garbage, recycling and wastewater services. Helped negotiate 50-year water supply contracts with a consortium of suburban cities and water districts in the service area.
- Fighting Electric Deregulation. In the mid-90’s I was one of the early (and sometimes lonely) voices fighting off the trendy pressure in this state to impose California-style energy deregulation. Time proved my analysis correct.
- Cedar River Watershed
Preservation. Finalized acquisition of
90,000 acres of forested headwaters and adopted a 50-year
habitat conservation plan for Seattle’s long-term
- Establishing Environmental Office. Created
the City's environmental management office and program
by introducing City government to greenhouse gas reduction,
calling for the first environmental audits of Seattle's
municipal shops and garages, increasing government recycling,
and sponsoring eco-procurement and pesticide reduction
- Best Practices. Seattle Public
Utilities is a consolidation of three separate utilities
for efficiency and better customer service.
I championed this merger and the adoption of quarterly performance metrics for Seattle Public Utilities and City Light.
- Water Conservation. Commissioned
water conservation potential assessment; championed aggressive conservation
program regionally. Despite rapid urban growth, the
Seattle system uses less water now than in the 1970's.
- Stormwater Management. Initiated the Salmon-Friendly Garden
project; sponsored natural-systems drainage design;
funded creek and shoreline restorations; developed a coordinated
strategy and response to landslide hazards.
- Regionalizing Seattle's
Water System and Salmon Recovery. Developed
interlocal agreements whereby Seattle collaborates
with all the suburban cities in the metropolitan
area to plan and implement salmon recovery
programs. Worked to convene the alliance of
water utilities that now together ensure robust
and reliable water supply for people and fish
in the region. This successful work won me
the Municipal League’s
Regional Leadership Award.
- Tolt and Cedar Treatment Plants. Spearheaded
application of innovative Design-Build-Operate
contracting method to development of these plants, providing
the region with reliable access to more clean water and
saving ratepayers more than $100 million!
- Landsburg Fish Ladder. Opened
up 17 miles of protected up-river habitat for spawning
chinook, coho and steelhead through effective advocacy
for this project on the Cedar River.
Health, Safety and Life Quality
- Community Clinics and Public Health Funding. Developed political momentum to make public health and community clinics a top priority for state and city budgets in 2003.
- Public Health Governance. Served on the State Board of Health, Seattle/King County Board of Health, Regional Water Quality Committee and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Worked to protect clean air and water, provide health regulations, and ensure good service. Developed strategies to increase ethnic diversity in the healthcare workforce.
- Gun Violence. Created community partnerships involving criminal justice and medical professionals along with young people, which dramatically reduced youth gun violence, suicides, accidents and crimes.
- Weed 'n' Seed. Steered this initially explosive and controversial program of combined social service and extra policing into a team effort, resulting in inner-city community support and a successful era of central-city safety.
- Growth Management Planning. Advocated for Growth Management Act; served on King County Growth Management Planning Committee to develop county planning policies, urban growth boundaries and milestones.
- Downtown Seattle Revitalization. In the late 90s, my role in bringing Seattle's dying downtown shopping/entertainment district back to life involved championing controversial behavior codes and extra police patrols essential to the turnaround. It worked!
- Opening McCaw Hall. Helped negotiate the operating agreement that led to 2003 opening of a renovated McCaw Hall, launching a new era of opera and ballet presentations in Seattle.