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The Role of an Effective Board Member

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 10:00am–11:30am

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This webinar is geared towards members of governing bodies (i.e., board members and commissioners) but may also be useful to executive directors and managers.


The role of a special purpose district (SPD) board member is multifaceted and complex.  Board members must cultivate good working relationships with their colleagues, SPD staff, and the constituents they serve.  SPD Board members must also have a firm understanding of their roles and responsibilities as well as the legal constraints and requirements that apply to their work.  Join us as we explore the various components of what it takes to be an effective board member.

Learning Objectives:
We will look at the limited-purpose nature of SPDs, the legislative role that board members serve, and how to be effective in that role.  We will also summarize some of the important legal issues to be aware of, including conflict of interest, and compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act. 


  • Oskar Rey, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Oskar Rey joined MRSC as a legal consultant in 2016.  He has practiced municipal law since 1995 and served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kirkland from 2005 to 2016. Oskar enjoys the wide-ranging nature of municipal law, and his recent work at MRSC has emphasized public hospital districts, the Public Records Act, and legal issues involving homelessness. Oskar also teaches municipal law at Seattle University School of Law as adjunct faculty.  Oskar is a life-long resident of Washington and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1992.
  • Steve Gross, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Steve Gross joined MRSC as a legal consultant in January 2020, having worked in municipal law and government for over 20 years as an assistant city attorney for Lynnwood, Seattle, Tacoma, and Auburn, and as the city attorney for Port Townsend and Auburn. He also has been a legal policy advisor for the Pierce County Council and has worked in contract administration. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Participants must register in advance to participate.

Cancellation Notice:
Cancelation is required prior to training date.