Board of Directors

The board members standing and posing for the camera lined up in two rows.

Back (Left to Right): Stephan Blanford, Rick Burke‚Äč, Jill Geary, Scott Pinkham Front: Betty Patu, Leslie Harris, Sue Peters

The Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools is an elected body of seven citizens who serve four year terms and represent geographical regions within the City of Seattle years.

It is the belief of the Board of Directors and Superintendent that they are partners in the governance team of Seattle Public Schools. Both must do their jobs well for the organization to be successful and for the governance team as a whole to be effective.

2017 Board Officers

Director Sue Peters - President
Director Leslie Harris - Vice President
Director Scott Pinkham - Member-at-Large

Community Engagement

Directors hold various community meetings throughout the year. These meetings will be listed on their individual Director pages, as well as on our Board calendar. Please click here for full calendar of Board meetings.

Work of the Board

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors include: hiring and evaluating the Superintendent; establishing policies for governing the school district; adopting a balanced budget each year; having legal and fiduciary authority for the school district; adopting instructional materials; and, serving as community representatives to the district and on behalf of the district.

Office of Internal Audit and Ethics

Under the direction of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Office of Internal Audit and Ethics conducts audits to support and promote integrity, accountability, and transparency with respect to internal financial controls and compliance of the District.  The office also oversees the District's Ethics/Whistleblower Program.

Policy Review

One of the ongoing responsibilities of the Board of Directors is to establish policies that guide the operation of the School District. Visit our SPS Polices and Procedures pages.

Contact info


(All School Board Directors, Superintendent, and senior staff)


(Only School Board Directors)

Board of Directors and District Maps

Map of the seven director districts

District I
Scott Pinkham

District II
Rick Burke

District III
Jill Geary

District IV
Sue Peters

District V
Stephan Blanford

District VI
Leslie Harris
(Vice President)


District VII
Betty Patu

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