Janice immigrated from Hong Kong to the United States when she was 10 years old. She has both a Masters in Structural Engineering and in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and has been leading Construction Management for the Port of Seattle for over a decade. In that role, she oversees the Port’s Major Public Works construction with over 55 employees and nearly 30 consultants, and has managed over $2 billion of construction.
Janice brings her many years of transportation, infrastructure, emergency managment and public policy experience to the council. She is liaison on various transportation, education, disability and environmental boards and committees. Her local and regional knowledge is invaluable as Bellevue and the region develops strategies and policy to address our continued growing pains.
Janice served four years on the City of Bellevue Transportation Commission (the last year as Chair), where she helped shape the Commission’s review and recommendations regarding the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan, Vision Zero policy updates, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative and Multi-modal level of service. She also serves on several Transportation and Public Contracting committees at the State and National levels. She is a graduate of Advance Bellevue, Leadership Eastside and the Leadership Tomorrow community programs.
Janice actively helps others, to engage, grow and prosper. A mother of two daughters, Megan (21) and Leah (18), Janice has been engaged for several decades in serving Bellevue and the Eastside. She has been a leader with the PTA, at Puesta del Sol Elementary and at the International School, serving various roles. She has also served as a Girl Scout leader for over 10 years, led PEPs groups for new parents, and volunteered with local organizations committed to children and families, homelessness and food insecurity.
Janice remains committed to a thriving Bellevue for everyone. She serves our community and region every day with integrity, inclusion and innovation, to address the toughest challenges of transportation mobility, housing affordability, and tensions between livability and economic vitality. All this while reducing environmental impacts. She attends as many diverse local and regional community events as she can, to better listen, learn and understand the issues facing our communities and our region.
Janice Zahn lives in the Greenwich Crest neighborhood with her husband of 30 years and her family. They are active members of the Aldersgate United Methodist church.