BELLEVUE — A former Weyerhaeuser vice president has been hired as the new executive director for Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
Kathleen (Kat) Sims is the first woman to lead the association in its 109-year history. She’s a former vice president of environmental affairs, sustainability and corporate responsibility at the Weyerhaeuser Company.
She is expected to start on the new job on Monday.
Sims is an attorney specializing in real estate law. Sims had worked as vice president of government affairs at Plum Creek Timber Company Inc., which merged with Weyerhaeuser in 2016.
She also served as senior director of sustainability and senior director, real estate law at Plum Creek. Earlier in her career, Sims was a partner at Alston, Courtnage & Bassetti and an associate attorney at Foster, Pepper & Shefelman (now Foster Pepper), both Seattle law firms.
Sims replaces Shannon Affholter, who resigned in October to take a job as chief operating officer for Oakpointe Communities, a Pacific Northwest land and commercial development company. Affholter is also a former Everett City Councilman.
The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties is an advocacy organization for the building industry. It has more than 3,000 members including home builders, architects, remodelers, suppliers, manufacturers and sales and marketing professionals. It was founded in 1909.
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