1. Name: Ngoc Do
Neighborhood: Pinehurst (North Seattle)
Occupation: Events Assistant with the Seattle Mariners
Years in Seattle: 10 years
2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
Emma Schmitz Park in West Seattle is one of the city’s best kept secrets. A mile south of Alki, Emma Schmitz is a waterfront overlook, great for laying out, people watching, reading or enjoying a picnic.
3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?
Many years ago I worked for a non-profit that hosted a Seattle Works Day project. I’ve been in Team Works (Go, A-Team!) for over two years. I attended my first SWANK last year and it was the best auction I’ve ever been to (and being an event planner, I’ve been to many).
4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?
There are so many! For my birthday this year, my coworkers took me to Mama’s Kitchen in Belltown. Best.Enchiladas.Ever.
5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?
I am Board Secretary and VP of Events for Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club, an arts organization for young adults ages 21-39 to interact, get involved, learn more, and get excited about opera. I recently joined the Junior League of Seattle, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?
Starbucks. I don’t drink coffee that much, and the Starbucks Tazo Chai is far superior to any other coffeee shop chai I’ve had.
7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?
Friendships. Rewarding. Fun.
8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
Mariners! Sounders are a close second though.
9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?
My first Team Works project was quite memorable. It was a rainy day and we were restoring a trail at Dead Horse Canyon. Digging trenches, redefining the path, moving gravel up the huge hill, weeding, spreading gravel. It was hard work, some people were literally knee-deep in mud, it was my first time meeting this great group of people, and it was absolutely incredible!
10. What makes someone a Seattleite?
To me, a Seattleite is someone who calls Seattle (or the Eastside) home.
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.