Doug Newell 

Poulsbo City Council

Building a Positive Poulsbo

About Doug

Kitsap first became my home 30 years ago when I had the opportunity to serve on a submarine. I quickly recognized our community's unique qualities – the people, environment, and the economic opportunities. After experiencing diverse cultures around the world with the Navy and private industry, I returned to Kitsap in 2014 with my wife and daughter.


Doug is married to Audrey Newell.   Audrey is a local realtor helping people find homes in our community.  Our daughter, Geneva, is a North Kitsap High School graduate who recently finished her studies in civil engineering.  Geneva initiated and held the first Poulsbo Day of Positivity.

Professional Experience

My career focused on service to our nation and our community.

City of Poulsbo Planning Commissioner.  (2021 - Current)

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Construction at Central Kitsap School District.  I led efforts to build new schools and form community partnerships, including the new Central Kitsap Campus, Olympic High School modernization, the Seabeck Community Center and the new Silverdale Library.  (2015-2022)  More on Doug's Efforts at CKSD.

Chairman of the Schools Insurance Association of Washington.  I led the board's efforts for the insurance of 40 school districts. (2019-2022)  

Vice President at AECOM.  Led a government services division in a global architecture and engineering company. (2013-2014)


Naval Officer.   I led business operations both ashore and at sea, going from enlisted to Captain.  My sea duty assignments include the USS GEORGIA (SSBN-729) and the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70).   (1984-2012)  More on Doug's Naval Career.

Community Service

  • North Kitsap School District Finance and Facilities Committees; 
  • Steering Committee – Poulsbo Event and Recreation Center; 
  • Board Member, Central Kitsap Community Council; 
  • USCG Auxiliary
  • Youth Soccer Coach.


I believe in continuous learning.   My formal education includes:

  • Senior Executive Leadership Program.  Columbia University.
  • Masters Business Administration (MBA).  University of Kansas.
  • Bachelors Science in Geology.  Arizona State.
  • Naval Leadership and Technical Training Schools.