Romney Institute Alumni Board

Jenifer Gilliland, MPA 1993

Jenifer Gilliland, MPA 1993

Membership Information:

Current Position: Class Rep
Member Since: 2017

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Job Title: Senior Code Development Analyst
Company: City of Seattle, Washington
Location: Washington, United States


  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Watercolors
  • Singing
  • Traveling
  • Spending time with family


Jenifer Gilliland works as a senior code development analyst with the City of Seattle, WA. She develops ordinances and amendments used to update Seattle’s progressive construction codes. She drafts code change proposals and testifies on their behalf before the State of Washington’s Building Code Council and the International Code Council. In 2017, she led Seattle’s effort to self-publish its construction codes for the first time. In 2018 and 2022, she served on the General and Administrative Code Committees, respectively, at national hearings held by the International Code Council (ICC). She represents the Washington Association of Building Officials on the International Code Council’s A117.1 committee, which is developing the 2023 edition of the A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

Jenifer also worked for the City of Boise, Idaho, in a variety of positions, including as manager of the Building Division in the Planning and Development Services Department. Among her accomplishments are leading an electronic plan review implementation; developing the Building Excellence Award program; securing finances for a new enterprise-wide permit, land use, and licensing system; and presenting at the 2008 Governing Magazine conference on digital government.

Jenifer attended Brigham Young University (BYU), receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After serving an LDS mission in Washington D.C., Jenifer returned to BYU, where she earned a Master of Public Administration degree.

Outside of work, Jenifer enjoys hiking, watercolors, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.