Mayor & Council


Mayor Carla NicholsCarla A. Nichols, Mayor
Term ends: December 31, 2021

I am a northwest native who has lived in Woodway since 1991. I was raised on an apple ranch in eastern Oregon, and attended Whitman College followed by receiving a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fisk University, Nashville, TN.

 My professional experience includes community mental health administration and ten years with King County government as a program administrator. I married my college beau, Dean Nichols, and have three adult sons. My proudest Woodway accomplishment: working with other elected leaders and residents to bring a combined total of $ 3.9M in state and county funds to Woodway for the purchase of public open space and park lands. These lands are for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Tom Whitson, Council Position 1
Term ends: December 31, 2021Councilmember Tom Whitson

My family and I have made our home in Woodway since 2000 when we completed the building of our new house. We lived in Edmonds for 12 years prior to moving to Woodway. We enjoy the quiet, great friends and neighbors, and the beautiful views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains to the west.

For the past twenty years I have been involved in financial advisory work with municipalities, hospitals, and private corporations. I have degrees from the University of California and Columbia University in the City of New York .

My involvement with the Town of Woodway began over five years ago. On the Planning Commission I worked on the Comprehensive Plan for the Town, the Parks Committee, the Pt. Wells Advisory Committee and the Critical Areas Ordinance. I left the Planning Commission as Chairman when I was appointed to Council Position #1.

I am interested in contributing to the success that Woodway, as a community, has enjoyed. Going forward the Town will need to respond and plan for impacts from development proposals as well as maintaining the services we have come to expect.

Mike Quinn, Council Position 2mike quinn - small for web - 2020
Term ends: December 31, 2021

Mike worked at the Microsoft Corporation for 25 years, holding various roles across World Wide Sales Leadership, Global Supply Chain Operations, Strategic Planning and Finance.  Most recently, Mike served as Vice President of Sales leading and managing one of Microsoft's top Global Customers. Over the years he held key international roles including expatriate assignments in Dublin, Ireland and Shenzhen, China.

Prior to Microsoft, Mike held various financial and leadership roles across several Biotechnology and Health Care related companies located in Washington, California, and Texas.

Mike is active in his community serving his 3rd term for the Town Council in Woodway Washington. Mike also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.

Mike grew up locally and attended Blanchet High School and Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Finance. He met his wife of 34 years at Blanchet and has 4 grown daughters. In his spare time, Mike enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, skiing, hiking and fly fishing. Additionally, Mike has a passion for bee keeping and keeps several hives locally.


Councilmember Brian BogenBrian K. Bogen, Council Position 3
Term ends: December 31, 2021                             

Brian Bogen is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital in their Private Capital Group making long term investments, primarily in family owned businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. He has previously served as President and CEO of North Star Petroleum; as President of Bogen & Company, a financial consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and debt offerings; and as Vice President for several regional banks.

Mr. Bogen is active in the community and recently served as President of the Board of Directors for the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bogen also recently concluded his term as President of the Northwest Forum, a group of PNW based business leaders. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Long Live the Kings and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Bogen has previously served on the Board of Directors for A Contemporary Theatre, Northwest Chinook Recovery, the Washington Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Navios (a global shipping company), and currently serves on the Board of Hamilton Urban Partners, a leading apartment developer in the Seattle area.

Bogen graduated from the University of Washington and attended the Albers Graduate School of Business at Seattle University. He graduated from the Senior Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005.

Bogen is an Eagle Scout and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys Golfing, Fishing and Hunting. Mr. & Mrs. Bogen and their three children reside in Woodway, Washington!

Andrew DeDonker, a. dedonker for webCouncil Position 4
Term ends: December 31, 2023

After serving two terms as a Town of Woodway Planning Commissioner, Andrew was elected to Council Position #4 in January of 2020. Andrew was born and raised in Edmonds and moved to the Twin Maples neighborhood of Woodway in 2013 with his wife and daughter. Andrew is the Director of Marketing at a local, globally-recognized brand, specializing in consumer and enterprise technology enablement. He’s a Cornell University trained Marketing Strategist and received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University.

Andrew’s goals for the Town of Woodway include keeping Woodway quite, clean and safe, reducing traffic speed, maintain traffic volumes, enhance the social community within our town, bring resident’s concerns to the Council, and encourage future generations to participate in local government of our amazing town.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Council Position 5elizabeth for web 2018
Term ends: December 31, 2023

In 2008, Mayor Nichols appointed me to fill a vacancy on the Council. At that time my husband,
stepdaughter, two dogs, two horses and I had lived in Woodway nearly a decade. Part of the
reason we chose Woodway was the opportunity the town gives residents to keep horses and
other “farm” animals at home. We also came for the trees and the unparalleled location.

Like almost everyone who lives here, I want to preserve Woodway’s character for future
residents to enjoy as I have. The pressures of growth require us to participate in regional
decision-making in order to preserve the Town’s character and understand the complex
changes taking place in our County. Woodway was a sleepier sort of place when I first arrived,
but I believe increased participation in County and State issues has been to the Town’s benefit.

As a Councilmember, I have represented the Town as a member of Snohomish County Cities,
Snohomish County Tomorrow, the Snohomish County Policy Advisory Board, the Alliance for
Housing Affordability, and as an alternate for the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth
Management Board.

Apart from Town activities, I spend time with my family and my horse, am nearly retired from a
small business, serve on the board of the Whitehorse Foundation, and am re-activating an
interest in art-making through membership in the Seattle Artist League.

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