We are one of the oldest and most consistently active community councils in the City of Seattle. Founded in 1924, our mission is to maintain a vigilant awareness of activities that affect the quality of life in Magnolia and to take appropriate action to promote and protect the interests of the community. The Magnolia Community Council (MCC) identifies and acts on these issues of concern by participating in the public process and by providing funding, management and/or labor for community projects.

Magnolia Community Council Board of Trustees


Mary Montgomery – President
Mary K. Montgomery was born and raised near Bellingham, Washington. Mary has a degree in Political Science from Western Washington University and moved Seattle over 30 years ago to begin her professional career. Mary is the Senior Paralegal in the Complex Litigation Group at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Mary and her husband have lived in Magnolia for over 20 years and they enjoy hiking, biking (single bikes and their tandem) and motorcycling the back roads of the greater Pacific Northwest region.

Lynn Hogan – Vice President
Resident of Magnolia.

Mary Hoverson – Treasurer
Resident of Magnolia.

Aubrey Mandus – Communications, Recording Secretary
Aubrey is from Orange, California. She has a degree in Communications from George Fox University and moved to Magnolia 4 years ago. She is the Marketing Specialist and has years of marketing and communication experience. Aubrey and her husband enjoy traveling and appreciate the unique beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


Stephanie Ballard
Resident of Magnolia.

Ben Broesamle
Resident of Magnolia.

Carol Burton
Magnolia Community Council; Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; Neighborhood Matching Fund advisory committee; Green Seattle Partnership forest steward; Friends of Magnolia Manor Park steering committee; retired community college instructor after teaching biology and botany for 30 years; resident of Magnolia for 14 years.

Bruce Carter
Former Chair, Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; Board Member, Magnolia Community Council; Commissioner, Seattle Ethics & Election Commission; Former Chair, Municipal League of King County; Judge Pro Tem, Seattle Municipal Court (2001-2010); Assistant United States Attorney (federal prosecutor) 1971-2001; 40-year Magnolia resident.

Stephen DeForest
Steve was raised in Magnolia, attending Magnolia Grade school and Queen Anne High school. Following graduation from Yale University and Harvard Law school he returned to Seattle in 1960, and lived in Magnolia for the next 10 years, before moving to the north end. ln 2007 he and his wife returned to Magnolia. Stephen was elected to the Magnolia Community Council Board in 2009, and served as its President 2012-2014.

His other community related activities include chair of the United Way of King County Planning and Allocations Committee and on its Board, and Chair and Board member of the Washington chapter of The Nature Conservancy’ He was also president of the King County Bar Association and of the Washington State Bar Association.

Jessica Gallegos
Resident of Magnolia.

Alison Grevstad
Resident of Magnolia.

David Kaplan
Resident of Magnolia.

David Moehring
Resident of Magnolia.

Ricahrd Piacentini
Resident of Magnolia.

Cindy Pierce
Resident of Magnolia.

Bill Stafford
Resident of Magnolia.

Libby Stevenson
Resident of Magnolia.

Charlene Strong
Resident of Magnolia.

Tom Tanner
Resident of Magnolia.

Janis Traven
Resident of Magnolia.


Web Master:

Joe Villarino
Joe Villarino is a rare Magnolia native. He was born at Ft. Lawton Hospital (now Discovery Park) and a product of local schools through Queen Anne High School. Now retired, he donates his time to his beloved Magnolia community in so many ways.

His experience includes:

  • US Army Veteran; 101st Airborne Division
  • Thirty years of experience in Law Enforcement and Private Security Management
  • Web Developer, Mobile App Development, and Commercial Video Production
  • Donated time to create numerous websites for community-based organizations, non-profit¬†¬†groups, and local businesses