Blayne Amson, ADA, Title VI, and Equal Opportunity Officer
Blayne Amson is the ADA, Title VI, and Equal Opportunity Officer at the City of Bellevue. He is based in the city’s Human Resources department, but frequently works with staff across the organization to ensure that the city is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and related statutes. His responsibilities include leading the city’s ADA and Title VI Core Teams, responding to complaints, and building new resources and programs to help staff improve access for all. Before coming to work at the city, Blayne worked for several years in non-profit organizations and higher education, and earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, specializing in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, and Disability Studies. As someone who uses a power wheelchair, Blayne recognizes the importance of accessibility and dismantling barriers that people with disabilities face. Blayne firmly believes that by embracing diversity and creating inclusive spaces, the city and community can build a society that values and uplifts every individual.
Kristi Oosterveen, Transportation Program Manager
Kristi Oosterveen is a Program Manager in the Transportation Department at the City of Bellevue. Her responsibilities include managing all departmental efforts relating to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, submitting the city’s annual Title VI report to the Washington State Department of Transportation, and training staff across the city to improve Title VI compliance and awareness. Kristi is also the primary author of the city’s Title VI Plan. Before working on Title VI, Kristi managed financial documentation for the city’s Transportation department, giving her a strong foundation in city government. She has thirty years of experience working with the City of Bellevue, fifteen of which she has spent working on Title VI compliance. She firmly believes in teaching staff the importance of understanding the communities they serve and works tirelessly to ensure that the city goes above and beyond the Title VI requirements of federal law. She takes great pride in the city’s recent accomplishments relating to Title VI, including developing trainings, handouts, an internal employee resource site, and an organization-wide effort to translate vital information into multiple languages.