My family has a long history of civic activism. Beginning most notably with my father's role in saving the Pike Place Market from development.
Following in my father's footsteps, I served for three terms as a member of the Seattle City Council from 1997-2007, including serving as council president. There, I led Seattle’s efforts on inclusive neighborhood planning, transportation solutions, the environment, and the crisis in affordable housing homelessness. I have worked for over two decades with governments across our region to help improve intergovernmental relations and build a sustainable, environmentally friendly region.
In Seattle, I passed an ordinance—one of the first in the country- to require the city to assess climate impacts on most major construction projects. As we look forward to the future, the Port of Seattle must be a world leader in reducing emissions, restoring shorelines and limiting noise.
As Port Commissioner, I intend to put my years of government leadership and urban planning skills to use. I will continue develop a thriving Port economy that safeguards our environment and combats climate change.
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