Jay Arnold was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 2013. He has focused on quality-of-life issues of growth, transportation, and environment, chairing the Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. He was chosen Deputy Mayor by his fellow councilmembers last year.
Regionally, Jay represents Kirkland on the Eastside Transportation Partnership and Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council, and serves on the regional Growth Management Policy Board. He also is active on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, a regular summit of area elected officials sharing ideas on what we can do locally to respond to climate change.
Jay previously co-chaired the successful YES! For Great Kirkland Parks levy campaign in 2012, securing permanent funding for Kirkland parks. He has served as a board member and President of Futurewise, the state’s leading smart growth advocacy organization, and as a board member at Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development) developing community-based renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Jay has worked for open, accountable and transparent government as a trustee for the Municipal League of King County, a citizen's watchdog group dedicated to good government. He chaired the Capital Finance Review Board, a project of the Municipal League, Greater Seattle Chamber of Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters, researching the impact of various local taxing measures.
Jay works as a freelance web developer and IT consultant. Previously, he was a group manager at Microsoft, leading test teams on flagship products such as Internet Explorer and Windows.
Jay has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has has earned the Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities
Jay first moved to Kirkland 27 years ago. He and his wife, Mary Beth Binns, live in the Norkirk neighborhood. They have three daughters in Lake Washington schools.