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Kathryn Harrington is working to ensure our region provides the communities we want and the economy we need. Councilor Harrington was elected to the Metro Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 to represent the District 4 area of Washington County, which includes Northern Washington County, Cornelius, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Northwest Beaverton, Aloha, Bonny Slope, Bethany, Raleigh Hills, West Slope, Cedar Mill and Cedar Hills.


Responsibilities and initiatives

Councilor Harrington represented the Metro Council on the Metropolitan Policy Advisory Committee in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Councilor Harrington serves as a Metro Council member on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, which determines priorities and projects slated for funding with federal transportation dollars in Metro's boundaries. She also serves as the Metro Council representative on the Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant Review Committee, which provides grant funding for innovative projects that improve the ecological functions of our neighborhoods, as well as the Community Planning and Development Grant Evaluation Committee, which provides cities and counties with resources necessary to prepare land for development and jobs and achieve vibrant and sustainable communities. Finally, Councilor Harrington serves as a council liaison to the Active Transportation Plan, to create a regional network of pedestrian and bicycle investments that can increase access to public transit, improve public health, increase energy independence and create walkable and bikeable neighborhoods and to Metro’s Solid Waste system which faces challenges and opportunities as Metro continues to lead the region in recycling and garbage and hazardous waste disposal.

During 2008 and 2009, Kathryn was the lead council liaison for the regional reserves project, a collaborative effort between Metro and its three counties and 25 cities, to designate urban and rural reserve areas for the region, lands for potential future urban development to accommodate population and employment growth and protect farms, forests and natural areas for the next 50 years. Kathryn was elected Deputy Council President for 2009. Prior responsibilities included chairing the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and serving on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation which determines priorities and projects slated for funding with federal transportation dollars in the region.

Work and community experience

Before entering public service, Councilor Harrington built a 22-year career in the high-tech industry. In Oregon, she led teams and developed and sold new products, first at Central Point Software and then at Intel in Hillsboro, where she worked for 10 years.

In early 2004, Councilor Harrington left the high-tech industry to give back to her community full time, working as a community advocate. Her community work included serving as vice chair of Citizen Participation Organization 7, acting as a citizen representative on the Metro Regional Travel Options Subcommittee, and working with other organizations including transportation planning committees and Washington County's road project advisory committees. Kathryn is passionate about improving our community, and has pushed for more effective land use and citizen input on county issues.

Kathryn’s unique background has given her the experience and expertise to effectively represent the District 4 area of Washington County at Metro. She has a history of collaborative leadership and of bringing all parties together to get the job done.

Personal history

The daughter of an Air Force colonel, Councilor Harrington grew up moving around to many different parts of the country, but when she arrived in Washington County in 1990 with her husband Marc, she knew they were going to stay. Attracted to the good jobs and great quality of life, they settled in the Bethany area where they lived for fifteen years before moving to Beaverton in May 2005.


Councilor Harrington completed graduate coursework at the Oregon Graduate Institute and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

In her free time, Harrington is a recreational bicyclist and also enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking.