PRESS RELEASE: City of Redmond Planning Director Erika Vandenbrande Retires

Press Release

City of Redmond Planning Director Erika Vandenbrande Retires

January 3, 2020

Jill Smith
Communications Supervisor

Redmond, WA – After serving the Redmond community for 19 years, Erika Vandenbrande is retiring as planning director from the City of Redmond. Redmond Mayor Angela Birney has announced the appointment of Deputy Planning Director Carol Helland to serve as interim planning director. 

“I am so thankful to Erika for her work building the foundation for our path forward, and for the many contributions she has made to the Redmond community,” said Mayor Angela Birney.

“The new year brings new adventures,” said Erika Vandenbrande. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished at the City of Redmond but am now looking forward to the opportunity to be with my family who has relocated to the East Coast.”

Vandenbrande started with the City of Redmond in 2001. Prior to her promotion to planning director, she held various management positions in her nineteen years with the City including deputy city administrator, transportation demand management manager and economic development manager. Before joining the City of Redmond, Vandenbrande held planning roles at the US Environmental Protection Agency and South Coast Air Quality Management District. She was also a manager at Southern California Association of Governments where she was responsible for developing the local government portion of the regional Air Quality Management Plan.

For questions and more information, contact Jill Smith, Communications Supervisor, at or 425-556-2448. This press release is available on