Jay Arnold was first elected to the Kirkland City Council in 2013. He has been selected by fellow members on the Council to serve as Deputy Mayor, a position he has held since 2016.
Jay (he/him pronouns) is an advocate for sustainability, transit and multi-modal transportation, and building a welcoming, inclusive Kirkland where all belong. Regionally, Jay represents Kirkland on issues of growth, transportation, and climate, serving on the Eastside Transportation Partnership (chair), Eastrail Regional Advisory Council (vice-chair), Sound Transit 405 Bus Rapid Transit Elected Leadership Group, WSDOT 405 Executive Advisory Committee, and the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board (representing the Sound Cities Association). Earlier this year, Governor Inslee appointed him to the State Building Code Council. He is active on the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) advocating for climate legislation and ensuring its successful implementation.
Prior to his election, Jay served five years as a member of the Kirkland Planning Commission and is a former chair. He co-chaired the successful YES! For Great Kirkland Parks campaign providing dedicated funding for Kirkland Parks. His background was honed as a board member and president of Futurewise, the state’s leading smart growth advocate, and as a board member at Spark Northwest developing community-based renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Professionally, Jay works as a freelance web developer and technology consultant for non-profits. Previously, he was a long-time Test Manager at Microsoft, working on flagship products like Windows and Internet Explorer. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.
Jay first moved to Kirkland more than 30 years ago. He and his wife, Mary Beth Binns, live in the Norkirk neighborhood. They have two daughters in college and one in high school in the Lake Washington School District.