Neighborhood: Fremont, but moving to Bryant
Years in Seattle: 15
Occupation: Executive Director, Washington State Democrats
2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
Any place with sun, decent parking, good wine, delicious food, a few friends, and a bit of entertainment. Fortunately in Seattle there are a lot of these kind of places right now.
3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?
I did a Hot Project at Magnuson Park in the Spring of 2006. We worked in a garden. I didn’t really talk to anyone, but I worked hard and it felt good to see the product of my efforts.
4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?
I was lucky enough to go to the Herbfarm (http://theherbfarm.com/) once and although it was expensive it was an unforgettable meal. The focus was wild mushrooms.
5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?
I serve as the President of the Board of SANCA (School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts – http://sancaseattle.org/) and volunteer with the Red Cross when I can. I also served on the board of Circus Contraption (http://www.circuscontraption.com/) and was the founding President of YPIN (http://www.world-affairs.org/programs/ypin/). I also do what I can to support Crooked Trails (http://crookedtrails.org/) and Youth in Focus (http://youthinfocus.org/).
6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?
Not a huge coffee drinker, but most likely to visit Cherry Street Coffee in Pioneer Square. It’s not really a coffee shop, but the Crumpet Shop in Pike Place Market is pretty cool.
7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?
Transformative, community, empowering.
8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
We love you sounders, we do We love you sounders, we do We love you sounders,Hey, Ho, Sounders we love you.
9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?
Our team did a project around the holidays at a senior living facility in Bell Town. They needed people to come and help do some basic cleaning…especially in bathrooms. It was a grubby project but the people were so appreciative and happy to see us. I was also on the first Seattle Works trip to the south to help after hurricane Katrina. A lot of amazing stuff happened during the week we were there.
10. What makes someone a Seattleite?
You don’t use an umbrella when it rains and you wait for the crosswalk signal.
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.
P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.