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Carrie S. Cihak

Chief of Policy, King County Metro


Cihak leads evidence-informed practice and partnerships for one of the largest public transit agencies in the United States. She guides Metro in a focus on mobility outcomes and impact, particularly for low-income populations.

She formerly served for eight years as Chief of Policy for the King County Executive, where she was responsible for identifying the highest priority policy areas and community outcomes for leadership focus and for developing and launching innovative solutions to complex, controversial, and cross-sector issues.

She has served as sponsor for the County’s nationally-recognized work on equity and social justice and is architect of several County initiatives such as Best Starts for Kids. Cihak also served for eight years as a senior-level policy and budget analyst for the King County Council and as lead staff for the King County Board of Health. She is trained as a Ph.D.-level (ABD) economist specializing in Japan and served as staff economist on international trade and finance for President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers.

She is currently a Research Affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and thoroughly enjoyed an appointment in residence there as the Center’s first government Policy Fellow in 2017-18.

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