The Queen Anne Community Council welcomed three new members to the board during its annual meeting on Wednesday.

Marc Mrkvicka is a retired chief financial officer and Seattle University alum who lives in Queen Anne with his wife, Cindy.

He is also a board member with the Queen Anne Historical Society and Seattle Art Museum.

Mrkvicka said he’s met many people in the neighborhood walking his 3-year-old dog Rusty, and he thinks serving on the community council is a good way to provide a public service in Queen Anne.

Sean Champagne had been on the community council previously, but left last year when he moved to South Lake Union. He’s back in the neighborhood, living in the former Queen Anne High School condo building with his dachshunds, Hansel and Wimbledon. Champagne is an account executive at Ekata (formerly Whitepages Pro).

He will resume his role managing the community council’s social media platforms and website at

Justin Allegro grew up on the East Coast, and moved to Seattle in 2013 with his wife and children, who attend Coe Elementary. He is an external affairs adviser for the Nature Conservancy.

Transportation, planning, affordable housing, environment and education are among his interests.

Allegro said he participated in the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of King County’s Leadership Tomorrow program last year. Leadership Tomorrow is focused on enhancing civic participation among emerging leaders in the region.

“My wife is kind of reticent to see me commit to another thing,” he said.

There are still two seats left to fill. Residents interested in joining can contact board secretary Beth Bunnell at QACC’s boundary extends from Denny Way to Dexter to the Ship Canal to Interbay.

Allegro noted that two younger women of color had expressed an interest, but pulled out due to frustrations with the process.

QACC chair Ellen Monrad said there had been a “drop-dead date” to apply, but encouraged them to try again.

“They can call me,” she said. “If they want to yell at me, that’s fine.”

The board will take a vote to fill the two remaining positions on Nov. 6. QACC meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St.

Board members also serve on various committees.

Parks Committee chair Don Harper said anyone can show up to a committee meeting and automatically become a member even if they don’t serve on the QACC board.

“Once you show up at a parks meeting, you can vote on things or express an interest,” Harper said.

Harper, who ran for Seattle City Council but didn’t advance in the August primary, also aired his grievances with the parks department on Wednesday.

“They’re ignoring Queen Anne and Magnolia, and they seem to have lost their direction a little bit,” he said.

One of Harper’s goals is to establish a new off-leash dog park in the neighborhood.

QACC Land Use Review Committee chair Marty Kaplan was absent, so Monrad explained what LURC does. The committee studies land-use issues, weighs in on new development proposed in the neighborhood and also addresses city policy regarding planning and zoning. QACC was part of a coalition that unsuccessfully challenged the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program, which included upzoning urban villages in Seattle. The community council also challenged accessory dwelling unit legislation earlier this year, but the Seattle Hearing Examiner upheld the city’s environmental review as adequate.

Transportation chair Jennifer Snow said her committee is currently looking at snow routes in Queen Anne, citing access issues during the February snowstorm. She also wants to address traffic issues around schools in the neighborhood. She has a daughter who attends Coe.

Monrad said the Public Safety Committee often works with the Transportation Committee on a number of issues. Bob Kettle chairs that committee.