Who Is Barbara de Michele?
Resident of Issaquah: I have lived in Issaquah, mostly in the downtown area, for 35 years.
Education: I graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in English Education; graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with an M.S. in English Education. I started my career as a junior high and high school teacher.
Professional Experience: 1981 – 1985, Internal Communications Director for the Spokane School District; 1985 – 1992, Director of Public Relations for the Issaquah School District; 1992 – 2010, Community Relations Planner for King County Department of Transportation (retired); 2010 – 2017, Executive Director, Issaquah Community Network and Issaquah Schools Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative (retired); 2018 to present, Business Manager for The Garage, A Teen Café (part time).
Civic Experience: AtWork! Board of Directors, 1990 – 1995; Elected to the Issaquah School District Board of Directors 1995 – 2003, served twice as Board President; Issaquah Arts Commissioner for 12 years; Together Center Board of Directors, 2009 to Present; Founding member of Influence the Choice, 2010 - present; founding member, the Garage, A Teen Cafe; Former member of Issaquah Kiwanis and Issaquah Valley Kiwanis, former member of the Camp Fire Eastside Board of Directors.
Awards: Recipient of the city’s Issaquah Hall of Fame award, 2012. Recipient of the Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (for contributions to public education) 2012.
Union membership: Former member, Professional and Technical Employees Local #17.
Family: My son and daughter-in-law, John de Michele and Dianne Nagasaka, live in Covington. I have two beautiful grandchildren. John graduated from Issaquah High School in 1990.