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Jimmy Matta  
City Council
Title: Mayor
Phone: (206) 248-5508

First Elected: November 2017
Term Expires: December 2021

“The city of Burien is where my heart is. It is where I want to raise my family and help other families make Burien their home. I want us, the city of Burien, to grow and work together. Let’s get busy and make it happen. I want to thank the voters of the Burien for the opportunity to be of service.”

Current Assignments: 
  • 509 Gateway Project Joint Executive Committee
  • Burien Airport Committee

Matta has been a resident of Burien since 1998. He was born in Preston, Idaho, the son of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Later, he moved to Burien area where he worked in the building and construction trades. 
His commitment to the Burien community includes being a longtime labor and social justice activist and serving with the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters and rising to the International Brotherhood of Carpenters.
His accomplishments in social justice and labor issues span from advocacy for civil rights, democracy, and broad participation in government by the people, and a strong commitment to our constitutional rights.

As a union labor leader, community advocate, and organizer, Matta has long sought to build bridges between organized labor, business, and our diverse communities of Washington. Matta has served as President of Carpenters Local Union 41 and President of the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters Regional Executive Board. He is currently a regional executive board member and Vice-Chair of The Latino Civic Alliance. 

Matta is supports many community and faith-based organizations both in the King County area and statewide that work on the following issues: 
  • Organized labor, family wage jobs
  • Environmental Justice
  • Public Safety 
  • Women and minority-owned businesses in public contracting opportunities

Matta is a journeyman carpenter and has worked in commercial and residential construction in various capacities with minority and women-owned firms in Oregon and Washington state. 

Education or Certifications:
Education and training in leadership development, budget, goal setting, SWOT analysis, conflict resolution, negotiations, labor relations, and collective bargaining. 

Matta served as a labor leader for 20 years. He has served as a manager for a minority construction firms for several years in Washington and Oregon. 
Previous Service or Leadership Experience: President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (King County), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Personal Interests:
Matta enjoys spending time with his family and engaging with his community. He is an avid reader and dabbles in the culinary arts. He enjoys supporting local businesses and building a strong familial bond with the residents of Burien. 

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