Although I wasn’t raised here, after 20 years, Seattle is my home. Seventeen of those twenty years have been in what’s now District 4. I arrived in 1999 to attend the University of Washington, and worked throughout college: as a lifeguard at the Bellevue Aquatic Center and the IMA; an engineering Research Assistant; and a beer and pretzel vendor at then-Safeco field. I swam for the Huskies, volunteered with WashPIRG, and was active in ASUW Student Senate and Hillel UW. I graduated in August 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
Shortly after college, I worked by day with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (the J) and hustled delivering pizzas for Zeek’s in the evening (Veggie Thai!). I also had the great opportunity to consult for Outdoor Research and Cascade Designs, Inc on quality control and process improvement projects. It was at the J where I discovered the importance of quality early learning— and where I met my wife, Emily.
In 2006, I joined The Boeing Co. as an Industrial Engineer in the early days of the 787 Program. Working with international suppliers, mechanics, and executives in Product Development, Test, and Final Assembly— and all of the complex dynamics that go along with such a large-scale project— was excellent preparation for public service. I’ve worked as an Area Rep with my local SPEEA Union (IFPTE Local 2001), and I mentor Boeing interns, lead process improvement workshops, and crunch data.
Along with my professional endeavors, I’ve learned an incredible amount about leadership, partnership, and working with diverse communities through my outside interests. In addition to coaching kids at North Seattle Baseball and serving on the board of my synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, I was President and board member of the Maple Leaf Community Council in 2012 where I led the Council through a surprisingly challenging partnership with a private foundation to redevelop the Maple Leaf park’s playground. I’m a former President and board member of Seattle Subway, the preeminent pro-rail transit advocacy group. I’m also a founding member and former Chair of Maple Leaf Greenways, a collective of neighbors who work to make their neighborhoods safer and expand low cost transportation alternatives. It is these last two experiences, along with my recent fellowship with the Institute for a Democratic Future, that solidified my commitment to putting my expertise at data analysis and systems collaboration into something that really matters to all of us: our city. Our home. Our government.
I live, eat, and play in the Ravenna neighborhood of District 4 with my wife, Emily, our four kids, and two cats.