Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus reelected to Sound Cities Association Board of Directors

Mayor Nancy Backus of Auburn was reelected to represent the South Caucus on the Board of Directors of the Sound Cities Association (SCA), which represents 38 King County cities and provides a regional voice for more than one million people.

“We are thrilled that Mayor Backus will continue to serve on the SCA Board,” said Deanna Dawson, SCA executive director. “She has been a tremendous voice for Auburn and residents throughout King County by providing outstanding leadership in building consensus and partnerships in addressing the issues facing our region.” Mayor Backus also is past SCA President.

The SCA Board of Directors has 13 directors, with four from the South Caucus. South Caucus Cities include Auburn, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila. SCA provides regional leadership in areas such as economic and community development, transportation, land use, health, government operations, the environment, education, public safety, social welfare and other public policy issues.

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Backus was elected to her first term as mayor in 2014 and is the first female to hold the office in Auburn’s 125-year history. Prior to taking office, she served 10 years as an Auburn City Council member and spent 25 years as a financial manager for The Boeing Co.

A strong believer in service to community and bettering the lives of women and girls, Backus earned the Soroptimist International of Auburn Women Helping Women award in 2002, the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the 2012 Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound Distinguished Alumni Award, the Boeing Career Foundation Program (BCFP) Manager of the Year Award in 2011, the Dale Carnegie Human Principles in Action award in 2007 and most recently received the 2014 Business and Professional Women’s Woman of Achievement award.

Backus is a strong advocate of service to the community, with a particular passion for women’s rights and healthy communities. She is the recipient of the American Medical Association Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, Dale Carnegie Human Principles in Action Award, Business and Professional Women’s Woman of Achievement Award, Soroptimist International Women Helping Women Award and serves on numerous boards and committees throughout the state and region advocating for the health, safety and prosperity of her community.

SCA, which was formerly known as the Suburban Cities Association, was established more than 50 years ago to help King County cities of all sizes act locally and partner regionally to create vital and thriving communities through advocacy, education, leadership, mutual support and networking.

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