Communications Team

 

Lenka Wright

Lenka Wright, Chief Communications Officer, 425-452-4090

Lenka serves as the city's chief spokesperson and manages the city's internal and external communications. She leads a team of seasoned communicators including public information officers in the Development Services, Fire, Parks and Community Services, Police, Transportation, and Utilities departments. She oversees media relations, emergency public information and public outreach strategies, among other responsibilities.

Prior to joining Bellevue, Wright was assistant director of communications for the City of San Jose, Calif. for nearly six years. She was communications and media relations manager for the City of Abilene, Texas for almost four years. In addition, Lenka is a Certified Public Manager® through Texas State University. The Long Island, N.Y. native also was a television news anchor/reporter at news stations across the country.

 

Brad Harwood

Brad Harwood, Deputy Communications Officer, 425-452-6837

Harwood supports the PIO team on a range of communications assignments. Prior to becoming a staff member, he worked with the city as a public relations consultant on several projects.

Since graduating from the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law, Harwood has worked in a number of top communications roles. Recently, with his own firm, he specialized in managing media teams for high-profile state and local ballot measures.

 

Claude Iosso

Claude Iosso, Digital Communications Coordinator, 425-452-4448

With the city since 2006, Iosso has had a role ensuring quality and consistency in all city communications, editing and writing news releases, content on Bellevue's Internet and intranet sites, as well as the resident newsletter, It's Your City.

Iosso launched Bellevue's first social-media sites, and is continually researching and experimenting to ensure residents have easy ways to learn about what the city is doing and give feedback. He also provides communications support as necessary for the Information Technology, Planning and Community Development, and Finance departments.

 

Robin Steel

Robin Steel, Video Programming and Production Manager, 425-452-6180

Steel manages Bellevue TV programming and staffing, including the monthly "Lake to Lake" news program.

After serving as a stage manager and house manager for several Seattle theaters, Steel has worked with the city since 1990, serving in capacities including Parks and Community Services public information officer and Youth Link coordinator and executive producer and host of BTV's "It's Your City" television program.

 

David Grant

David Grant, Public Information Officer, Transportation, 425-452-4397

David Grant informs and educates the public about what the city is doing make their travels safe and smooth. He has worked at City Hall since 2007, including a four-year stint as PIO and interim communications director in the City Manager's Office. He co-created the Lake to Lake news show.

Prior experience includes 15 years as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers in Washington state. Grant has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and creative writing from the University of Washington.

 

Michael May

Michael May, Public Information Officer, Utilities, 425-452-5215

Michael May communicates to the public the story of Bellevue Utilities and the daily essentials they deliver to customers every day.

Prior to coming to Bellevue, Michael spent seven years at Seattle Public Utilities, developing knowledge of the water, solid waste, wastewater and stormwater lines of business. Michael holds a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

 

Brian Gomez

Lt. Brian Gomez, Public Information Officer, Fire, 425-452-6995

Lt. Gomez has been with the Bellevue Fire Department since 2004. Prior to his assignment as PIO, he has served as fire inspector, firefighter, and is currently a lieutenant. The fire department PIO also serves as the community liaison officer and oversees public engagements and fire prevention outreach.

Brian is part of a team that manages the fire department’s social media sites. He is the department’s primary media contact. He also serves on multiple fire committees.

 

Tresa Berg

Tresa Berg, Public Involvement Manager, Transportation, 425-452-4638

Tresa Berg informs and involves the public concerning major transportation capital projects. She has worked for Transportation for 25 years, the last 15 as a public involvement manager.

For the last five years, she has been a part-time PIO.

 

Steph Collier

Steph Collier, Public Information Officer, Development Services, 425-452-2882

Steph ensures residents, businesses and contractors know all they need to know about permitting and inspections in Bellevue, maintaining Development Services web pages and publications, and leading outreach efforts for department initiatives.

Steph has worked in several capacities since her arrival to the city in 2004, with most of her tenure as a business analyst in Development Services. Before joining the city, Steph worked for 15 years for private-sector and family-owned businesses.

 

 Marie Jensen

Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach and Community Relations Lead, 425-452-2064

Marie Jensen joined the Transportation Department in February 2016. She is the city’s point-of-contact for “most things East Link.” She works with city and Sound Transit on outreach and maintaining a positive relationship with the community as the impacts of construction are felt. She can field inquiries regarding the construction of the six East Link stations in Bellevue.

Prior to coming to Bellevue, Jensen served stints as Woodinville's, then Kirkland’s first ever communications manager.

 

Seth Tyler

Seth Tyler, Public Information Officer, Police, 425-452-4129

A police officer with Bellevue since 2006, Officer Tyler worked as a patrol officer for two years prior to becoming a motorcycle officer in the traffic unit. Seth has won awards for his motorcycle riding and was named officer of the month by Crimestoppers of Puget Sound in May 2013 after he caught four burglary suspects in two days.

As the PIO, he is responsible for disseminating breaking news to the media and public at fluid crime scenes that may impact the surrounding communities. Seth is also responsible for managing the department’s social media accounts. Officer Tyler is also a PIO for the King County Investigative Response Team, which responds and assists other police departments in King County with officer-involved shootings.

 

Christina Faine

Christina Faine, Public Information Officer, Parks and Community Services, 425-452-4286

Faine joined the city in July 2015 as public information officer for Parks and Community Services, sharing information with the public about her department's many programs and projects.

Faine had 16 years of experience in communications and public outreach before coming to Bellevue, focused on water quality and complex capital programs at King County and the City of Seattle. The mission of Parks and Community Servicesaligns perfectly with her passion for the outdoors. 

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