Nancy as Auburn’s Mayor

Nancy was elected to her first term as mayor in 2014 and is the first female to hold the office in Auburn’s 125 year history. Prior to taking office, she served 10 years as an Auburn city councilmember and spent 25 years as a financial manager for the Boeing Company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a proud wife and mother to a high-achieving, soccer-playing daughter. In 2014, she was selected Auburn Reporter Person of the Year along with Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier.

In 2016, she served as the president of Sound Cities Association (SCA) and helped solidify Auburn’s regional partnerships. SCA represents 37 cities and provides a voice for over one million people. She is also the chair for the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) and Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) and was proud to be appointed as Auburn’s first-ever Sound Transit board member.

She also proudly serves on the following regional boards and committees:

Nancy as an Auburn City Council Member:
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  • Appointed as council member in 2003, elected as council member 2006 and again in 2010
  • Served on the following committees and positions as council member:
    • Chair of Finance committee (2003-2011)
    • Chair of Planning & Community Development committee (2010 – 2014)
    • Vice Chair of Planning & Community Development committee (2007-2009)
    • Chair of the Council Operations Committee (2012 – 2014)
    • Deputy Mayor (2012 – 2014)
  • As a city council member and Deputy Mayor:
    • Represent the concerns of the citizens of Auburn
    • Act as Mayor during Mayor’s absence
    • Create policy to ensure proper growth and planning for the City of Auburn,
    • Approve biennial budgets
    • Set policy and guidelines for council members
    • Plan and co-lead Budget and Planning retreats
    • Set agendas and lead Committee of the Whole meetings for entire council
    • Assist in review and approval of national policy for of the National League of Cities as an appointed member of the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Committee
    • Represent City of Auburn as a Board of Governance member for the Valley Regional Fire Authority
    • Represent City of Auburn as member of the Economic Development team
    • Represent City of Auburn at national, regional and local events to develop strong community relationships, secure finances and bring back concepts & opportunities for the City

Nancy’s career at The Boeing Company:
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Nancy held the following positions at The Boeing Company:

  • Financial Operations Manager (2012 – 2014)
  • Financial Accounting Manager (2007 – 2012)
  • Senior Financial Accountant (2006-2007)
  • Financial Accountant (1996-2006)
  • Cost Accountant (1989 – 1996)
In 2010, I was honored to represent The Boeing Company at Gdynia Business Week - an educational program aimed at teaching the principles of entrepreneurship to high school-aged kids in Poland. Here we all are (I really am in this photo somewhere!)
In 2010, Backus was honored to represent The Boeing Company at Gdynia Business Week – an educational program aimed at teaching the principles of entrepreneurship to high school-aged kids in Poland. (She really is in this photo somewhere!)

Nancy as a Financial Manager at The Boeing Company:
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  • Develop and coach a team of entry though senior professional level finance employees
  • Oversee development of organization budgets, forecasting and reporting for Employment, Overhead, & Capital funding
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly & annual US GAAP financial statements and related schedules for corporate and subsidiaries
  • Represent Boeing for various Diversity hiring events
  • Lead cross-functional teams for Accounting Symposium, Financial Planning Symposium, Employee Recognition, Mentoring and Enterprise Skill Management Teams
  • Emceed Financial Planning Symposium for an audience of 400+
  • Travel internationally and domestically to represent Boeing Finance concerns
  • Set high expectations for others and myself in order to meet the goals and objectives of my leadership team
  • Represent organization as core team member for International Finance
  • Sponsor numerous cross-functional Team-building and Recognition events

Nancy’s Educational Background:
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  • City University, Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, GPA  3.89 (1996)
  • Green River Community College, Auburn, WA, Associate of Arts, GPA  3.87 (1981)
  • Auburn High School graduate, GPA  4.00 (1979)
  • Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound graduate (2007)
  • Dale Carnegie Leadership Advantage graduate (2007)
  • Boeing Accounting Symposiums (2004-2011)
  • Boeing Financial Planning Symposium (2012)