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Mukilteo woman selected to APWA board


December 20, 2017

Janice Fahning, a Snohomish County Public Works engineer who was recently appointed to the American Public Works Association board for 2018 and 2019.

Snohomish County Public Works engineering services director Janice Fahning has helped improve transportation in the area for over 25 years.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has recognized her work and, as a result, Fahning has been selected to serve as a board member for the APWA in 2018-19 for Washington.

“Janice is an invaluable member of our Public Works team, and this selection shows how much others value her engineering knowledge and leadership,” Snohomish County Public Works director Steve Thomsen said. “She has the ability to listen and collaborate along with being a strong leader. That will only make the APWA board that much more effective.”

The APWA has about 1,500 members across Washington maintaining transportation, water supply and treatment, and solid waste disposal systems, as well as public buildings and structures. According to Fahning, the board has a $750,000 budget, and their three focuses are education, networking and advocacy.

Fahning has been working with Snohomish County for four years, and has been in the engineering field for over two decades.

“I am a licensed professional engineer with a civil engineering degree from the University of Minnesota,” Fahning said. “I have worked in engineering for 26 years, including time with Boeing and the Washington State Department of Transportation. I started with Snohomish County in 2013, and I have been fortunate to work on many projects in Mukilteo, including the widening of Mukilteo Speedway and Paine Field Boulevard.”

In addition to providing transportation improvements within Mukilteo, Fahning is also a Mukilteo citizen who has lived in the city for over 20 years.

“I moved to north Mukilteo in 1991, and raising my kids in Mukilteo has been great,” Fahning said. “I have enjoyed being able to volunteer with the schools and the YMCA.”

Fahning enjoysher work with the county, as well as working with others to improve the community she loves.

“I am fortunate to serve Snohomish County as the Public Works engineering services director,” Fahning said. “I enjoy working with people, mentoring, sharing ideas, improving business processes and talking with citizens.”

Fahning hopes to learn a lot during her time with the APWA and use that knowledge for bettering Snohomish County. She also wants to use her commitment to mentoring to help a new wave of engineering leaders through the APWA.

“I have a passion for bringing people together, and that is what APWA does,” Fahning said. “It provides a valuable network for Public Works employees and industry professionals from across the state. Members can use its numerous resources to share information that will improve their communities, leverage a network of professionals and learn about new products and professional development. I am excited to be a part of that.”

Although it’s unclear what her exact duties will be during her time with the APWA, Fanhing looks forward to the opportunity.

“I am excited to start my two-year APWA board term and will learn more in January about my duties and how I can best contribute,” Fahning said. “I am excited to be able to serve as an APWA board member, and look forward to further networking with other professionals and students to share new and best practices in transportation.

“I take pride in the many sidewalk, bike lane, corridor widening and safety improvements Snohomish County builds every year. I am happy to serve the public, and enjoy talking with citizens to learn what is important in making their travel throughout the area safe and easy.”

Fahning says engineering is a rewarding career, and would encourage more women to explore a future in the field.

“Engineering has been an exciting and rewarding career for me,” Fahning said. “I have a passion for construction and building projects that serve our communities. I would like to encourage more women to explore fields in engineering. Snohomish County has a robust internship program for engineers as well as other fields. It is a great place to work, and I would encourage students to sign up for notifications on future job openings.”

In her work with Snohomish County, Fahning oversees various teams with a budget of about $40 million annually.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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