Parks & Recreation Director
Jessi Bon was appointed as the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Mercer Island in August 2018. With over 20 years of experience in municipal government, Jessi has a strong passion for public service. She spent the past two years serving as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Sammamish, and prior to that was its Director of Parks & Recreation for 10 years.
Jessi is a Mercer Island resident and lives on the north end with her husband and two daughters, who are avid park users and outdoor enthusiasts.
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Western Washington University
Master of Public Administration, Seattle University
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
ICMA – International City Manager Association
NRPA – National Recreation and Park Association
WRPA – Washington Recreation and Park Association
What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
I enjoy leading a department that provides a vast array of quality programs and services that meet the many needs of our community. With children of my own, I love seeing families and young people using our parks, participating in recreation programs, and creating shared connections. The responsibility of stewarding our public lands is something I take seriously, and I am grateful to hold a position that allows me to ensure they will be available for future generations.
What do you enjoy most about working for the City of Mercer Island?
I feel honored and privileged to serve my own community as the Parks & Recreation Director. I believe our parks system is critical to supporting an active and livable community and I personally benefit every day from our wonderful outdoor treasures. I relish the opportunity to collaborate with a strong group of partners and citizens who want to see Mercer Island thrive. In addition, I am supported by a fantastic team of staff who work diligently to stay in touch with residents’ needs and continually elevate our public services.
Address & Contact Information
Luther Burbank Admin Building
2040 84th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7870