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Frank Nam knows all the words to “Baby Got Back” November 19, 2012

Filed under: 10 Question Profile — seattleworks @ 7:00 am

1. Name: Frank Nam

    Neighborhood: Lives in West Seattle. Serves in South Seattle.

    Years in Seattle: 15

    Occupation: West Coast Regional Director of Admissions for City Year

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Lincoln Park in West Seattle. If the sunset looks amazing on my way home across the WSB – I’ll stop by Lincoln Park first to snap some photos and watch the ferries disappear into the Olympics.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Boy’s Group with Treehouse kids. I used to work at Treehouse and would drive the van for the boy’s group outings. I knew that if I left Treehouse I’d volunteer with that group to stay in touch.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Hands down it’s Maneki. The two things I have to get each time are the black cod miso and the salmon in a foil pouch. Amazing!

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

Just a couple… I used to work at Treehouse and still support them, I also sit on the board of 826 Seattle, I’m on the Youth Strategic Committee of the Northwest Ultimate Association, I coach ultimate frisbee at Franklin HS, and I am a co-founder of Southend Ultimate Program which runs AGE-UP (All Girl Everything Ultimate Program) out of Jefferson Park Community Center.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Lately it’s been Cupcake Royale in West Seattle.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Inspiration. Community. Collaboration.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Hmm… Well I should start off by saying that I grew up in NYC and NJ and the only Seattle team I’ve really rooted for was the Sonics. Bring back the Sonics! I also root for the two major Seattle ultimate (frisbee) club teams – Riot and Sockeye.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

I had the honor of being a scholarship reader for the Washington State Governor’s Scholarship for Foster Youth through College Success Foundation. Reading the essays of foster youth who wanted to go to or were already enrolled in post-secondary was amazing!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A Seattleite: 1. Knows all the words to “Baby Got Back” 2. Carries reusable grocery bags in their car/back-pack/bicycle 3. Owns a jacket by North Face or Patagonia or REI 4. Doesn’t leave Seattle in the summer (why would you??) 5. Drink’s local beverages (microbrew, wine, coffee, root beer, etc)

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

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P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.


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