About Toby Nixon
Toby is an experienced and active leader in our community.
- Member of the Kirkland
City Council since January, 2012.
- Member of the council
Public Safety Committee and
Public Works, Parks, and Human Services Committee, and chair of the
Tourism Development Committee.
- Represents the city on the
Sound Cities Association
Public Issues Committee,
and serves on the Regional
Law, Safety and Justice Committee and as alternate representative on the
Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee.
- Received the
Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the
Association of Washington Cities.
- Former State Representative for the 45th District (2002-2007), including
representing many citizens of Kirkland in Olympia.
- Former Commissioner of
King County Fire Protection District 41, which served the Kingsgate,
North Juanita, and Finn Hill areas of Kirkland prior to annexation into the
- Chaired the
Ethics Task Force, appointed by the City Council to draft an
ethics and conduct policy
for members of the city council and city boards and
- Co-chaired Citizens for One Kirkland, supporting annexation of Kingsgate, North Juanita, and Finn Hill into Kirkland.
Citizens for Accountable Elections, sponsor of
Initiative 25 (2007), which made the King County Director of
Elections an elected non-partisan office.
- Member of the Advisory Council of
Washington Schools Foundation.
- Member of the Advisory Council and former Board Member of
- Member of the Board of Directors of
Nourishing Networks Central
and one of the organizers of
- Former board member of
the Evergreen Hill Neighborhood
- Former president of Kingsgate
Highlands Division 3 and 4 Homeowners Association.
- Member of Friends of 132nd Square Park.
- Graduate of
Leadership Eastside, class of 2013.
- President of Washington Coalition for Open Government,
a statewide non-profit non-partisan organization that educates citizens and public
officials regarding access to public records and meetings and defends access
in the courts and the legislature.
- Received the “Heroes
of the Fifty States Award” and inducted into the “State
Open Government Hall of Fame” by the
National Freedom of Information Coalition and
Society of Professional Journalists.
- Member of the
Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board.
- Member of the
Open Government Task Force appointed by Attorney General Rob McKenna and
State Auditor Brian Sonntag to recommend improvements to Washington's open public records and meetings
- Member of the task force appointed by the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court
to recommend improvements to access to court
- Former Vice President of
Responsible Choices of Washington, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization
working to provide more useful information to voters about statewide
initiatives and ballot measures.
- Member of the
Board of Directors of
Heart of America Northwest, one of the leading
organizations advocating for cleanup of the Hanford
- Received the “Freedom’s Light Award” from the
Publishers Association for his support of First
Amendment rights in Washington.
- Received the “Government Partner of the Year”
from Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce.
- Received the “Hanford Clean-up Hero”
from Heart of
- Received an “Award of Appreciation” from
King County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities.
- Received the
“Guardian of Small Business” Award from the
Federation of Independent Business.
During his time as state representative, Toby
served as Ranking Member of the House Committee on State
Government Operations and Accountability, where he sponsored bi-partisan
reforms to our election laws following the difficult 2004
election. He also served on the Transportation committee,
the Technology, Energy and Communications committee, the Finance
committee, the Children and Family Services committee, the
Joint Legislative Systems Committee (overseeing all
the computer and networks systems of the legislature), and
the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee (ensuring that
executive branch rules do not exceed legislative authority).
He served on the Attorney General's Advisory Council on
Identity Theft, on the Joint Select Committee on
the Homeowner Association Act, and on
King County's Community Advisory Board on Disabled Accessible Voting Equipment.
His broad experience and contacts in state government
enable him to be a persuasive advocate for Kirkland.
Toby is a technology expert and recognized leader in the computer industry, and applies his skills to
serving the people of Kirkland.
- Senior Program Manager in the Sensors and Connectivity Team in the
Windows and Devices Group at
developing technology standards policy, representing Microsoft in national and international
organizations, and promoting Microsoft technology initiatives
to industry partners.
- Represents Microsoft as a member of the Board of Directors of
Bluetooth Special Interest Group,
the Kirkland-based international organization that develops standards for
Bluetooth technology, including serving as chairman of the board of
directors for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
- Represents Microsoft as a member of the Board of Directors
- Represents Microsoft as a member of the Board of
Directors of Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum.
- Represents Microsoft as an alternate member of the Board of Directors of
Open Connectivity Foundation.
- Chairs the
Web Services Discovery and Devices Profile Technical
Committee of the
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
- Formerly represented Microsoft as a member of the Board of
Directors of UPnP Forum,
including serving several years as chairman of the board, and also as a
member of the Board of Directors of Allseen
Alliance; both are now part of
Open Connectivity Foundation.
- Formerly represented Microsoft as member of the Board of
Directors of the
International Multimedia Telecommunications
Consortium, which awarded him the
- Founding member of the Board
of Directors of Voice on the Net Coalition.
- Chaired several industry
committees within such organizations as the
Association and the
International Telecommunication Union.
several patents in the area of computer
Member of the Institute of Electrical and
Toby’s career has focused on building consensus on standards and policy
issues to enable the diverse and competitive companies in the computer industry to move forward
effectively serve the needs of their customers. He applies this experience in all of his activities to bring together people having disparate views to
work toward common goals.
Toby’s life experiences make him sensitive to the needs of all people in our community, and have
prepared him for public service.
Toby came from humble
beginnings. His father, son of an airplane factory worker,
served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was an
the company that produced rocket engines for the
U.S. space program until he was injured in a work accident.
Toby’s parents separated and eventually divorced. After
disability compensation ran out and still unable to work, Toby’s
father raised his three sons on public assistance such as
welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, rental housing assistance, free school lunch programs, and government surplus food,
while struggling through a string of failed attempts to start
small businesses he could do while living with his disability.
introduced to computers early in high school, and excelled. He
got his first computer job at the age of 16 through CETA
(the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act program) working
for the Shasta County government in California
as a computer operator and programmer. He received a full scholarship to attend
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where, as a freshman, he won a prestigious computer programming award and worked as a tutor for juniors and seniors in
but he chose to leave college early to pursue his career. He quickly became an expert on the leading edge of computer
communications, telephony, and device connectivity. Now, his over 40 years experience
in a wide range of technologies enables him to devote time to
serving his country, state, community, and family -- but he
never forgets where he came from, and the help he received
from so many people along the way.
Toby and his wife Irene have been married for over 34 years.
They have five grown children, and reside in the Kingsgate
neighborhood of Kirkland. His hobbies include singing in church and
community choirs, playing the piano, volunteering web site management for several local
organizations, and serving on the boards of charitable organizations. He is passionate about teaching people how
the government works and how to be more effective advocates
for the issues important to them.