Bernie Matsuno, who has served as director of Department of Neighborhoods (DON) since 2011, will be stepping down effective June 2.
Matsuno came out of retirement to serve as director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, intending to serve only a few months, but stayed on for over four years. She developed and expanded new community programs at DON, including the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) and the Public Outreach and Engagement Liaison (POEL) program to expand civic engagement, especially in underrepresented communities.
Matsuno will continue to lend her expertise to future City community-engagement projects. (end)