Amy and her husband Jim have been in love with Kirkland, since moving into the area in 2005.
Originally from Oregon, Amy graduated from University in Australia and University of Queensland Law School, and practiced law there until permanently returning to Oregon in 1994. She then went to work in auto dealerships where she met her husband Jim. They moved to Kirkland to acquire an interest in Ford of Kirkland, and they have operated it since 2005.
After completing treatment for breast cancer in 2005, Amy returned to work at Ford / Hyundai of Kirkland, and became very involved in community outreach. Amy has been active as a fundraiser for the Evergreen Hospital Cancer Center, and has helped organizations such as Meow, Old Dog Haven, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Kirkland Downtown Association and KITH (Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing). She has organized blood drives and highway clean ups in Kirkland through “Adopt a Highway”.
Amy has been the Chief Financial Officer for companies with revenue exceeding $100 million per year for nearly 20 years. Under the leadership of Jim and Amy Walen, Ford of Kirkland has become Ford-Hyundai of Kirkland, the largest volume retailers for Ford and Hyundai in state of Washington. The dealership employs 120 people in Totem Lake, and is deeply involved in the community.
Amy is passionate about collaboration between the citizens, City staff and the City Council, and believes that we, as citizens, have a responsibility to make thoughtful decisions that contribute to our community. Amy lives and works in Kirkland and understands that the future depends on:
- The choices we make
- The leadership we provide
- The courage we exhibit
- The character and integrity we demonstrate through our actions
Amy was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 2009, and was selected by her colleagues on the Council to serve as Mayor in 2014.
Amy is the proud step mother of Josh, Ryan and Rachel, and she and Jim most recently adopted her nephew Josh, who attends Lake Washington High school and is active with Studio East.