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Cabot Dow

Cabot Dow is President of Cabot Dow Associates, Inc.  He offers extensive experience representing public and private sector clients in the full spectrum of compensation, workload assessment and collective bargaining matters, including negotiations, mediation and arbitration proceedings. 

Mr. Dow graduated from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota with Bachelor’s Degrees in Industrial Psychology and English, with honors.  Subsequently, he received the Master of Public Administration from the Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, with high honors. He has been Director of the Washington Local Government Personnel Institute, founding member of the Washington State Council of Public Personnel Administrators (WCPPA), is an active member of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) and the Washington City/County Management Association (WCCMA).  He specializes in representing public sector clients operating under Chapter 41.56 RCW, the Washington State Collective Bargaining Statute, and private sector clients operating under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  He has authored professional articles on collective bargaining, interest arbitration, costing labor contracts and has often been a presenter at labor relations conferences and seminars.  He contributes to the HR Advisor on human resources and labor relations topics at

Industries: cities, counties, fire districts, telecommunications, public transit, gas, public works, water, sewer, police, government/education, libraries, distribution/wholesale/retail, manufacturing, services, ems/als, health care, electrical, admin/pension, engineering, finance, port districts, airport, building and trades, power, not-for profit, for profit.

Compensation Studies:

Clyde Hill
Community Transit (PTBA)
Des Moines
Island Transit
Lake Forest Park
Mill Creek
Mountlake Terrace
Port Angeles
Portland Area
San Francisco
Snohomish County
Spokane Transit (PTBA)
University Place

Alexandra Sheeks

Alex is a Principal Associate for CDA and specializes in the management of compensation projects.  She offers extensive experience in performing compensation studies and job classification studies for municipal and special purpose local government agencies.  This includes both represented and non-represented employees, total compensation analysis, workload and job position analysis.

She also represents management and independent employee organizations in the negotiations of labor agreements.

Alex graduated from Sonoma State University in Economics/Political Science, cum laude. She received her Master of Public Policy and Administration Degree from California State University, Sacramento, with honors.

Prior to joining the Cabot Dow Associates team, Alex was Assistant to the City Manager in the City of Woodinville, Washington.  In that capacity, Alex provided support to the City Manager and management staff through management of the City’s human resources function, labor relations, risk management, community relations, and emergency management functions, policy analysis and budgeting.  This included oversight of a $21 million biennial capital improvement budget for the City.

Compensation Projects:

Since joining Cabot Dow Associates, Alex has managed compensation projects for a number of agencies located in the State of Washington.  For example:

City of Burlington, WA – Compensation studies in support of police officer negotiations

City of Edgewood, WA – non-represented employees

City of Maple Valley – non-represented employees

City of Sammamish – non-represented employees

City of Sea Tac, WA, involving both represented and non-represented employees; support for negotiations with AFSCME

City of Kenmore, WA – non-represented employees

Island Transit, Coupeville, WA – non-represented employees

Jefferson County – represented and non-represented employees

Kitsap Library System – represented and non-represented employees

LINK Transit, Wenatchee, WA – represented and non-represented employees; provided support for upcoming negotiations for coach operators

Skagit PUB – represented and non-represented employees

Skagit Transit, Burlington, WA – non-represented employees

Projects involving the following labor organizations:





Police Guilds



Lindsay D. Smith

Lindsay joined CDA in January of 2022.  She specializes in the management of collective bargaining projects.  She offers extensive experience in labor negotiations processes, including tracking of issues as well as preparation of proposals and counterproposals for submission at the bargaining table.  She also is involved in performing compensation studies and job classification studies for municipal and special purpose local government agencies.  This activity includes a broad spectrum of employee groups, management team initiatives, performing total cost of compensation analysis, job position analysis and managing union correspondence.

She is also available to advise away from the bargaining table and to serve as spokesperson in representing management in bi-lateral negotiations, mediation, and arbitration pursuant to RCW 41.56, Washington Collective Bargaining Act.


2018-2021 – Human Resources Analyst, City of Redmond

  • Served as HR analyst on a variety of labor relations matters
  • Participated in collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City’s seven bargaining units
  • Provided employees, HR team, and managers guidance and communication around policy and procedures in accordance with the applicable CBA and personnel policies
  • Researched, evaluated, and identified available resources and strategies to meet the needs of negotiation teams
  • Reviewed, analyzed, drafted CBA and personnel policy changes

2014-2018 – Legal Service Professional, Local Business Law Firm

  • Reviewed, analyzed, drafted policy documents on employment matters
  • Interpreted and analyzed state and federal statutes and regulations and their impacts on business clients and their employees
  • Researched, analyzed, and provided guidance on employment issues facing business clients


Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law

Bachelor’s Degree, University of Washington