has spent her career focused on progressive organizing, advocacy, and electoral work. She is currently a consultant working on issue advocacy and community engagement with a statewide coalition of labor unions. Prior to this, she spent over four years at AFT Washington where she directed the political advocacy program. Kristin is an East Coast native, growing up in New Jersey and Maine. After college, she began work on environmental advocacy with NJ PIRG and then Environment America in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she moved to Seattle to join Fuse Washington as the Organizing Director and promptly fell in love with the rain, the coffee, and that very large mountain to the south. She also serves as the VP at Large on the board of Seattle Works. Outside of work you can find her hiking or snowshoeing and giving her full 90 at a Sounders game.
has helped clients reach the audiences they want with the messages they need to get results for more than 20 years. Known for his enthusiasm and openness to new ideas, Kurt combines research with savvy about people in his broadcast, print, Internet, and overall strategy work. Health, education, conservation, women's rights, workers' rights, freedom of speech, national service, new sciences and world relief & development are among issues Kurt has worked with clients to promote, as well as Presidential, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates. Kurt is a founder of doingsomething
, an all-volunteer network featured in the national media, two-term member of the Partner Board at his children's public school, chair of communications for the board of the Washington Environmental Council, and a baseball/swimming/soccer dad. Kurt attended Occidental College and Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude from the School of Public Communication with graduate work in advocacy. He lives with his wife, two children and a nice dog named Ty in Seattle.
is a marketing professional and business strategist currently working for Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer where he leads the company's brand strategy function. In over 20 years at Microsoft Jeff has developed a deep and diverse set of skills across a range professions including human resources, advertising, brand and image management, market research, marketing communications, PR and crisis management, product management, and leading the company's "marketing profession excellence" function. Prior to rejoining the central marketing group, Jeff spent five years working for Microsoft's "Chief Software Architect", where he was focused on helping implement advanced technologies and computing scenarios that are critical to the company's long term success.
Jeff is a Seattle native. He had a decade long hiatus in Oregon during which he graduated from the University of Oregon with honors in Psychology and Sociology. Jeff returned to Seattle in 1991 having a short career in the legal profession before joining Microsoft later that year. Jeff currently resides in Bellevue with his wife and two boys. He is currently past President of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, a member of the U of O regional council, a Social Venture Partner, and a frequent guest speaker at various universities.
brings over two decades of experience in elections, organizing, fundraising and lobbying on issues such as environment/environmental justice, labor, immigrant rights, and long term care issues. A Los Angeles native, she moved to Seattle in 2002 to join a core team organizing to win a new union, SEIU 775NW, now a union of 30,000 home care and nursing home workers. Since then, she has managed field and provided fundraising support for Dow Constantine for King County Executive, Bob Ferguson for KC Council, Mike McGinn for Mayor, and served as OneAmerica's Deputy Director helping to build a year round civic engagement and new citizen voter education campaign across immigrant communities. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor for External Affairs for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and now works as Development Director for Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
She helped found CT League of Conservation Voters and served on the boards of LA Center for Law & Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Liberty Hill Foundation Environmental Justice Fund, OneAmerica, JACL–Seattle, and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement (APACE).
is a community activist and volunteer. She grew up in Oregon and after college came to Washington to work as a software engineer. Ruth is a founding board member of the Progress Alliance of Washington and is a trustee of Sightline Institute. In her spare time she gardens, fosters kittens, travels and tries to find time to exercise and read.
is a Program Manager in Worldwide Operations for Amazon. Over the past eight years, Sarah has dedicated herself to serving veterans. In 2009 Sarah worked as a constituent services representative in the office of Congressman Walt Minnick (ID-01) where she specialized in veteran and military affairs, immigration, and housing; managing more than 150 cases weekly. Sarah has also time with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a grassroots initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Sarah created and expanded an inaugural program for HOH, connecting transitioning military with fellowships with corporate companies such as Amazon, USAA, Verizon, GE, and more. Sarah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University. She currently resides in Seattle, WA where she spends her time volunteering and staying actively civically engaged.