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Kristin Elia is Eternal Blue, Forever Green! November 11, 2013

Filed under: 10 Question Profile,LeadNOW,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 7:50 am

Gopal Rao1. Name: Kristin Elia

Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Occupation: Political Director

Years in Seattle: 3.5 years

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

Olympic Sculpture Park

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

The Bridge this past February!

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

The grilled wild King salmon at Ponti Seafood Grill – so perfect!

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

Most of my direct volunteer work right now is through the Seattle Works LeadNOW committee, but I’m a supporter of great organizations like Futurewise, Fuse, the Washington Bus, and the Washington Trails Association.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Seattle Coffee Works – if you’ve never sat at the slow bar and let their coffee experts drop some knowledge on you, then you are missing out!

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

Fantastic, Uplifting, Network

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Eternal blue, forever green Sounders ‘Til I Die!

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

I spent time during my senior year of college volunteering with a local school, helping a 6th grade class with one-on-one tutoring and other activities. Many of the students struggled with reading and language issues and their tenacity was truly inspiring. I became very close with the class and by the end of the year, they were all asking if they could come to my graduation ceremony and wish me farewell! It was incredibly memorable to have something as simple as volunteering a few times a week become one of my favorite senior year experiences!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Opinionated about their coffee and beer, never using an umbrella despite the constant rain, and passive-aggressively telling you how it is.


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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