It is a bittersweet moment as we announce the departure of Keiko Budech, TCC’s Senior Communications Manager.
Since joining TCC in 2018, Keiko has impacted every aspect of TCC’s communications: bringing personality and consistency to our digital presence, launching TCC’s new website, creating and curating the monthly newsletter, running TCC’s social media accounts, distilling wonky policy into compelling one-pagers, and writing poignant op-eds—all to bring more transportation choices to Washingtonians. She led the partnership that created the wildly popular #orcahero campaign and she was integral to the efforts to fight Tim Eyman’s I-976.
Her public contributions have only been matched by her internal work at TCC, from helping produce top-notch events to leading on our Racial Equity Action Plan. She has also been a core contributor to TCC’s culture and personality: sharing her love of tea (especially boba!), practicing and promoting mindfulness, and championing racial equity & TCC’s Mobility Justice Power Hour series.
Keiko has always been a team player looking for opportunities to grow. In her time at TCC, she was accepted into two fellowship programs: Transportation for America’s inaugural Arts and Transportation program and Jackson Foundation’s Leadership program. Last year she also stepped up and took on additional advocacy work on top of her communications work to support TCC through a year full of challenges.
Keiko is an outstanding leader and we are excited to see her excel in her new role at King County Metro as the Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program Manager. Congratulations, Keiko! See you on the bus.
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