Claudia Balducci, Mayor, Bellevue

Claudia Balducci, Mayor, Bellevue

claudiaBellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci has served on the Bellevue City Council since 2004, including her current term as Mayor in 2014-2015 and one term as Deputy Mayor in 2008-2009.

Claudia started her public service advocating for improvements in her neighborhood at the Lake Hills Shopping Center. Since then, with over a decade of public service, Claudia has emerged as a regional leader on transportation and public safety issues.

She is a member of the Sound Transit Board of Directors, the current chair of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and past chair of the Eastside Transportation Partnership. She has been a strong supporter of multimodal transportation investments, including advocating for the extension of light rail from Seattle to Bellevue and beyond. Claudia’s proposal for early and intensive public involvement resulted in Bellevue’s year-long “Light Rail Best Practices” effort, which provided a solid policy foundation for implementation of light rail in the city.

She has also been an advocate for families and education, supporting and serving on the leadership committee for the City’s innovative Wraparound Services Program.

A former Director of the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention Claudia has served on a number of City boards and commission focused on public safety, including: the City’s Probation Advisory Board, Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Disability Board, and the Fire Fighter’s Pension Board where she served as Chair.

Claudia is an attorney by training and earned her Juris Doctorate at Columbia University School of Law.

Claudia lives in the Lake Hills neighborhood of Bellevue with her husband, Jim, and son, Victor.