City Manager's Office Staff

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Brad Miyake, City Manager

(bmiyake@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4096)
Brad has played key roles in developing Bellevue's budget process, obtaining the Utilities Department's first professional accreditation and spearheading efforts to improve city management processes.

  • Experience: City Manager (May 2013-Present); Deputy City Manager (2006-2013); Utilities Director (2003-2005); Utilities Deputy Director (1998-2003); Budget Manager (1990-1998)
  • Education: International City Management Association; Washington County/City Manager Association; Bachelor of arts, University of Washington.

 

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Mary Kate Berens, Deputy City Manager

(mkberens@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4616)
Kate’s work has focused on the city’s relationship with Sound Transit during the planning and construction of East Link light rail and property acquisition issues arising from major city transportation projects. She is LGBTQ liaison for the city.

  • Experience: Special Assistant City Manager (May 2013-August 2014); Deputy City Attorney (2006-2013); Planning & Community Development Legal Planner (2001-2005);
  • Education: Law degree, University of Michigan; Bachelor of science (forestry), University of Washington.

 

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Nathan McCommon, Deputy City Manager

(nmccommon@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4194)
Nathan was appointed deputy city manager in October 2016. He has had management positions with local government since 2001, but has street-level public service experience too, having worked as a garbage collector, parks maintenance worker and traffic signal technician prior to going to college. 

  • Experience: City Manager, Tonganoxie, Kansas (2012-2016); Senior Management Analyst, Kansas City, Missouri (2011-2012); Convention and Entertainment Facilities Manager, Kansas City, Missouri. (2006-2011);
  • Education: Master's degree in Public Administration; Bachelor's degree in Spanish literature, both from the University of Kansas.

 

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Joyce Nichols, Director of Intergovernmental Relations

(jnichols@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4225)
In November 2011 Joyce began leading the city’s efforts on legislative and regional issues, representing Bellevue’s policy interests at the federal, state and regional levels of government.

  • Experience: Utilities Policy Advisor (2006-2011); Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations, Shoreline (1996-2006); Deputy Director of Washington State Energy Office; Media Relations for Puget Sound Water Quality Authority; Public Affairs Manager, Weyerhaeuser Co. in Oregon. 

 

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Kyle Stannert, Assistant City Manager/City Clerk

(kstannert@bellevuewa.gov; 425-452-6021)
Kyle has been directing and overseeing the operations of the City Clerk’s Office, including the City Council Office, Hearing Examiner’s Office and the open government and public records management programs since August 2015. Kyle began his career in records management in 2006 after studying in the Western Washington University master’s degree program in archives and records management.

  • Experience: Assistant Director, City Clerk's Office (2012-2015); Public Records Manager, City Clerk's Office (2006-2012).
  • Education: Master's degree in Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Archives and Records Management, Western Washington University; Bachelor of arts in History and Sociology, Washington State University.

 

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Lenka Wright, Chief Communications Officer

(lwright@bellevuewa.gov; 425-452-4090)
Lenka leads overall communications for the city, including external and internal communications, as well as public outreach efforts for the organization.

  • Experience: Assistant Director of Communications, City of San Jose, California (2011-2016); Communications and Media Relations Manager, City of Abilene, Texas (2007-2011).
  • Education: Master's degree in Communication Arts, New York Institute of Technology; Bachelor of arts in Telecommunications and Political Science, Indiana University.
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