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Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is a nonprofit that connects, ignites and develops county-specific sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities. Each year, we help experienced and emerging leaders in Snohomish County gain an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the stewardship capabilities needed to resolve them. Through our nine-month Signature Program and Young Professionals Program, we work in small teams with the business, government and nonprofit sectors as Community Impact Project Partners. LSC features more than 700 alumni who remain strongly invested in Snohomish County.

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Passion and Perseverance: Kevin McKay Joins LSC's Board

Erika Olson

LSC is very fortunate to have an outstanding group of professionals from all sectors who comprise a thoughtful, strategic, warm, dedicated board of directors. We are grateful that Kevin McKay (Class of 2013) is one of our new incoming board members this year. He shares his thoughts on joining the leadership of this leadership development organization.


LSC: What about your LSC experience informed your decision to serve on the board?

Kevin: As an alumnus of the program myself, I was amazed at how much better connected I became with my community as a result of the program.  It is the rare program that has such a significant impact.  Since going through the process myself, I have so far sent four other employees from our campus through the program.  They all use the phrase "life changing" to describe the impact of the program.  As a result, I am very passionate about the work the LSC does.  I have served for a couple of years on the Education Committee and joining the Board seems like a logical next step as a way of supporting this wonderful program.


LSC: This board is comprised of leaders! How will you approach leadership among many accomplished leaders? 

Kevin: My Masters program required forming new learning teams every six weeks, and 1/3rd of all class grades throughout the program were based on the performance of those teams.  I learned so much from that experience, in particular about myself.  Since most of my teammates were also in leadership positions, it was important to know when to take the lead and when to step back and let others take the lead; when to speak up and when to slip into a supporting role.  While I went through that program for the curriculum, I took away even more from all the teamwork.  At the College, I am one leader among many as well.  All of this informs my approach to working with other leaders and I am comfortable in either supporting or leading roles interchangeably.


LSC: What quality, unique contribution or perspective do you hope to bring to your LSC board service?

Kevin: I don't know that I do bring any particular unique quality or perspective to the program.  So many excellent individuals have contributed to this program over the years that it is hard to imagine qualities or perspectives that haven't already surfaced.  I do, though, bring a passion for this program and for the community we live and work in. I bring an extensive background in higher education and its role in our community, combined with 30+ years of living, working, and raising a family in Snohomish County.  

The grand opening of the Trailside Boys & Girls Club's new basketball court was the result of a two-year LSC impact team project. That taught me a lot about perseverance and asking for help.


Kevin McKay is the Vice President for Finance & Operations at Edmonds Community College. He is joining the LSC Board of Directors on July 1st, along with Jaylyn White of Premera and Debbi Whitcomb of The Boeing Company.