Metro Councilor Harrington was re-elected for a third term in 2014, and has served District 4 since 2006. While her interests span Metro’s portfolio, throughout the years she has been specifically tasked with guiding innovative land use decisions; serving on the Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant Review committee; liaising to Metro’s Solid Waste system; and working closely with staff and stakeholders to design and implement a new program to re-energize the metro region’s centers and corridors.
Responsibilities and initiatives
Councilor Harrington has represented the Metro Council on both of Metro’s engagement committees, the Metropolitan Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) on which she currently serves.
During 2008 and 2009, Councilor Harrington 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.
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.
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, she is a recreational bicyclist and also enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking.