Board Information

The Legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments. Its task is to assist local governments in addressing local infrastructure needs. The Public Works Board operates a revolving loan program funded by a dedicated local funding pool. A citizens’ board comprised of local infrastructure representatives manages the Public Works Board.

The mission of the Public Works Board is to empower Washington communities to build and maintain sustainable infrastructure.

Board Responsibilities:
The Public Works Board administers four programs. The primary purpose of these programs is to provide assistance to local governments with infrastructure:

• Planning.
• Financing.
• Construction.
• Repair.
• Expansion.

History of the Public Works Board PDF

The Board derives its authority from the Washington State Legislature. It is encoded into law in the Revised Code of Washington.

RCW 43.155

The associated WAC is Title 399.

Public Works Board policies.

Archived Rulemaking Documents 2019-2020

The Governor appoints thirteen Board members for four-year terms. Three represent counties, three represent cities, three represent special purpose districts, and four are from the private sector.

Members meet every month to review applications for financing and deal with administrative issues. The Board conducts a two-day policy retreat in the fall.

Members are encouraged to attend workshops, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the Board. Often members are part of discussion panels at these meetings. Members are also offered opportunities to attend training courses that deal with infrastructure issues.

Kathryn Gardow, PE – Chair – Position #13, General Public

Gary Rowe, PE – Vice-Chair – Position #12, General Public

The Honorable Dr. Jeralee Anderson, PE – Position #2, City Elected Official

Justin Clary, PE – Position #8, Sewer & Water District

The Honorable Jerome Delvin – Position #5, County Elected Official

Darlene McHenry – Position #10, General Public

The Honorable Lora Petso – Position #7, Sewer & Water District Elected Official

Monica Santos-Pinacho – Position #11, General Public

Kelly Snyder, MPA – Position #6, Snohomish County Public Works Director

The Honorable Ed Stern – Position #1, City Elected Official

Matthew Stevie – Position #9, Public Utility District

The Honorable Sharon Trask – Position #4, County Elected Official


Position #3 – City Engineer

Interested applicants should contact the designated nominating organizations, or Board Liaison Ava Gombosky for more information.

Public Works Board members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. Visit the Governor’s Boards & Commissions webpage for more information.

Board Meeting Information

The Public Works Board’s next meeting is September 9, 2022. This meeting will be from 8:30 to 12:00 online via Zoom. Members of the public can attend it person at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Olympia or via Zoom.

2022 Public Works Board Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Board meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. These meetings are being held virtually on ZOOM through the end of 2020. Please utilize the monthly Board Meeting Agenda for connection information and meeting times.

If you would like to be on the Public Works Board email distribution list, please send an email to

Staff Information

Karin Berkholtz
Executive Director
Phone: 360-688-0313

Mark Rentfrow
Program Director
Phone: 360-529-6432

Cindy Chavez
Budget Analyst
Phone: 360-725-3154

Ava Gombosky
Broadband Project Manager
Phone: 360-338-5739

Maria Jawad
Management Analyst

Chase Johnson
Project Manager
Phone: 360-764-0392

Bridget Pechtel
Project Manager
Phone: 360-870-9288

Sheila Richardson
Broadband Program Manager
Phone: 564-999-1927

Policy support, administrative support, and client outreach are provided for the Public Works Board by the Washington State Department of Commerce.