Congratulations, Bernie Matsuno! New Department of Neighborhoods Director.

Earlier today, the City Council approved the nomination of Bernadette Matsuno as the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods.

Congratulations, Bernie from all of us up here in Wedgwood!

The following is from the City’s Press Release:

Seattle City Council confirms Bernadette Matsuno as Department of Neighborhoods Director

Seattle – Today the City Council unanimously confirmed Bernadette (Bernie) Matsuno as the Department of Neighborhoods Director.

“I am impressed with Bernie’s professional background and her two-decade long commitment to the Department of Neighborhoods success,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. “The Council believes the Department is well-positioned to increase meaningful community participation in city projects, and Bernie’s vision for the Department will support just that. Her goals are laudable and the Council believes she has the wherewithal to lead city initiatives and policy improvements and her leadership will be a great benefit to the entire city.”

Ms. Matsuno has been in numerous leadership roles with the Department of Neighborhoods since its inception in 1988 (then Office of Neighborhoods), serving as Deputy Director, Interim Director, Director of the Community Building Division, and Senior Project Manager of the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program.

For more information on Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, visit

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