Councilmember Rose Clark was first elected to the Burien City Council (Position 5) in November 1999, serving one term through 2003, elected to another term in 2005, and re-elected in November 2009. She has served eight terms as Deputy Mayor.
Rose moved to the Burien area with her husband in 1966 and raised her three children here.
With an interest in community activism, Rose started volunteering in PTA and worked as a volunteer in the Highline Schools for almost 20 years. She rose to PTSA Vice President for the Tyee service area.
Rose worked for the Highline School District for 22 years, mostly as the Library Tech at Tyee High School.
One of the original activists to challenge the need for the Port of Seattle’s third runway, Rose is proud of her work in environmental health particularly air quality and the effects of noise on human health. She worked with the State Department of Health to undertake the first ever study of the effects of jet emissions on human health in the late 1990s.
At the same time Rose became a founding member of the Burien Planning Commission. She is proud to have helped take the vision the people developed and give it substance in the first Burien Comprehensive Plan.
For the past 12 years Rose has been one of the “worker bees” presenting the community with its annual Independence Day Parade.
A history-lover, Rose was a founding member of the Des Moines Memorial Drive Restoration Committee whose goal is to preserve this unique WWI Drive dedicated to the fallen from Washington state. She previously served as a King County Landmarks Commissioner.