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Who rules the world? Girls.

By Keegan Prosser on February 22, 2013 – No Comment

By Keegan Prosser and Seth Truscott

These women may not be making the biggest buck – but they are making a big difference in our community. Here’s our round up of the women who run the Eastside:

Kathy Lambert

King County Councilwoman

Kathy Lambert has learned the importance of taking every call. The phone never stops for this Redmond resident, now in her 11th year as King County Councilwoman.

With 1,007 square miles—nearly half the entire county—district 3 is the biggest district, geographically, in King County, and also the furthest from Seattle. District 3 covers almost half the county’s unincorporated land. Lambert represents 214,000 people.

Before she was an elected official, Lambert was a teacher. She credits that experience with helping her use organization, creativity, negotiation and the ability to appreciate others’ opinions and styles while handling lots of topics at once.

Things have changed for women legislators since she started in government nearly 20 years ago. There are more women now, and support roles have changed—there are now more mentors for women.

“Now, it’s so much different,” she said. “I’m happy to have been a part of changing that. My granddaughters will face a different world.”

Lambert said women bring their strengths to power roles. They’re often good at balancing many activities, seek collaboration, and are willing to go into details of issues.

Lambert says today’s King County is doing a lot of things right, becoming leaner and more efficient. The county is winning national awards for innovation and has the highest possible credit rating. But there’s still work to be done, on making local government service a focus, being more aware of the rural area and the impact of regulations.

“It is vital that the citizens know what is happening,” said Lambert. “It concerns me when some interest groups are interfering in what is best for the general population rather than their own group.”

Traci Pierce

Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services for Lake Washington School District

An educator with 17 years of experience under her belt, Pierce was named Superintendent of the Lake Washington School District in July of last year.

Dr. Pierce began her career in the Lake Washington School District in 1994 as a Language Arts/Social Studies and Leadership teacher at Inglewood Junior High. After six years in the classroom, she served as assistant principal and principal at Inglewood, before taking on an administrative role.

A graduate of the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Dr. Pierce also earned her Washington State teaching certificate at UW, with endorsements in English and History. She earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Washington State principal certification at City University.

As superintendent, Pierce leads the district’s strategic efforts to make Every Student Future Ready. As part of this vision, Dr. Pierce’s strategy involves a focus on effective teaching, standards-based assessing and reporting systems, and continuous improvement efforts focused on results. Ultimately, she believes the system must focus on three inter-related learning agendas, which involves student learning, professional learning, and system learning.

As superintendent, Pierce leads the district’s strategic efforts to make Every Student Future Ready. As part of this vision, Dr. Pierce’s strategy involves a focus on effective teaching, standards-based assessing and reporting systems, and continuous improvement efforts focused on results. She believes the system must focus on three inter-related learning agendas, which involves student learning, professional learning, and system learning.

Jamie Ho Hsu

President of Lakeville Homes

“I’m a very finished product-oriented person,” Hsu says. “What I really like, is I have a tangible project, that I get to see – and help – come in to creation.”

Born in to the world of construction – her mother started Lakeville homes 27 years ago and her father operates his own architecture firm – it’s no surprise that Hsu chose to get in to this sort of work. A graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Architecture, Hsu has been with Lakeville for seven years, where she’s helped to re-brand the company as one of the most sought-after for building new, high-end homes to remodeling and custom homes.

As a businesswoman, Hsu’s accolades include: 2012 MBA K/S Builder Member of the Year, Professional Remodeler Magazine, 40 Under 40, Class of 2012; Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, Class of 2012; 2012 BIAW Remodeling Excellence Award Winner; and 425 Magazine – Best Remodeler and Best Home Builder 2012

While Hsu is honored by all of this, she says she’s most proud of her involvement with the Master Builders Association. She says the association’s comraderie has been a lifesaver over the last few years – and a great place to build relationships within the industry. Hsu is also encouraged by the charitable work the MBA does – such as building wheelchair-accessible ramps for homeowners who can’t afford them, and providing education in trades to adults seeking an alternative to college.

“We’re not saving lives – or curing cancer,” Hsu says. “But we’re still doing something that matters to people.”

Molly Stearns

Vice President of Fund Development and Executive Director of the Foundation & Auxiliaries at Overlake Hospital

In the three years since she took this position, Stearns has helped to grow funding for the nonprofit, non-tax-supported hospital exponentially – the most recent accomplishment being the successful funding of Overlake’s new Natal Intensive Care Unit, which opened in November.

Stearns came to Overlake from the Seattle Foundation, where she was instrumental in developing the organization into one of the nation’s largest  community foundations. Stearns has more than 27 years of experience in philanthropy and fundraising. Before that, she worked in public affairs for Standard Oil and as a fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations.

Stearns holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a M.A. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Science Administration. In addition to position at Overlake, Stearns is active in many community organizations including the YMCA of Greater Seattle Association Board, the Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee and the Downtown Bellevue Rotary Club.

Ava Frisinger

Mayor of Issaquah

Mayor Ava Frisinger has lived in Issaquah for more than 40 years. She first took office as mayor in January of 1998. She was re-elected in 2001 and 2005, and is now serving her fourth term.

In addition to her mayorial duties, Frisinger is president of the Executive Board of F.I.S.H. (Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery) and, time permitting, volunteers as a docent at the hatchery when the salmon return in the fall. She also serves as a member of several committees incuding the King County Board of Health, the Executive Board of a Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), the Salmon Recovery Council and the Joint Recommendations Committee – a consortium for affordable housing for King County and nearby cities.