Carolyn Hope has been hired as the City of Burien’s new Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director, effective Feb. 3, 2020.

Since 2009, she has worked for the City of Redmond in its Parks Department, most recently as its Park Planning & Cultural Arts Division Manager.

Carolyn has a significant parks, planning, and recreation background, and her employment experience includes:

    • 2012-Present: Park Planning & Cultural Arts Division Manager, City of Redmond, Washington
    • 2009-2012: Senior Park Planner, City of Redmond, Washington
    • 2004-2008: Senior Planner, Perteet, Inc., Everett and Seattle, Washington
    • 2005: Division Manager, Professional Service Industries, Mountlake Terrace, WA
    • 1997-2004: Division Manager, Phillips Service Corporation, Renton, Washington

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Public Administration and Political Science (Summa cum Laude, Honors Program) from the University of Maine and a Masters (MA) of Environmental Studies from Yale University.

Carolyn has significant experience in developing comprehensive and functional area plans and policies for parks and facilities; master planning and capital project development; and capital and operating budget preparation and management. She has managed recreation, cultural arts programs, and community events. She has managed staff members across multiple disciplines and has demonstrated her ability to create a positive organizational culture built around teamwork.

She will be inheriting the recent Burien Annex closing decision, as the PaRCS Department has served as landlord for that decaying facility, which houses seven non-profits currently set to be evicted on Jan. 31, 2020.

“Carolyn is an exceptional leader and manager with a broad level of experience,” city Manager Brian Wilson said. “She has the knowledge, skills, and abilities the City of Burien needs and we look forward to welcoming her to the City.”