Meet Our New Staff Member – Frank Nam

Frank NamSeattle Department of Neighborhoods welcomes Frank Nam, our new Neighborhood District Coordinator Supervisor. Frank comes to us from City Year, Inc. as the Managing Director of National Admissions where he led a five-person team responsible for admitting 3,500 AmeriCorps volunteers at 28 sites across the country. Before that he served as the Regional Admissions Director for the West Coast and found great success in grooming future leaders in the organization. In a previous life, he was a foster youth mentorship coordinator, recruitment director, web developer, an SAT/GRE instructor, and even a paper boy.

When he was 3, Frank’s family immigrated from Seoul, South Korea to the New York City area where he spent most of his youth. He’s been in Seattle since 1996 and resides in Othello.

“My experiences growing up as an immigrant and as a person of color have greatly shaped my career choices and working for Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is a remarkable way to expand services for families similar to mine, “said Frank. “I am excited to learn more about local government and how my role and the role of Neighborhood District Coordinators can help expand the lives of all community members here in Seattle.”

In his spare time Frank serves as the head coach for the boys’ Ultimate (Frisbee) team at Franklin High School, volunteers at The Service Board, coaches a nationally-ranked women’s club team, and serves on the curriculum committee with Leadership Tomorrow. He has served on the boards of 826 Seattle and Seattle Works and is a co-founder of the non-profit organization, Southend Ultimate Program.



SATURDAY: Murray to lead Delridge Neighborhood ‘Find It, Fix It’ Walk

find it fix it logoOn Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in Delridge with neighbors to identify physical changes in the neighborhood that improve maintenance and support public safety. Examples of issues to address include overgrown trees, graffiti, street light outages, and litter. Once the elements are identified, the City and community work together to fix the problems.

The first three Find It, Fix It walks of 2015 have resulted in infrastructure improvements ranging from new trash and recycle bins to neighborhood murals and upgraded street lighting. Go to for more information.

MAP of full walk route.

DOWNLOAD the Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

WHO:            Mayor Ed Murray

Council President Tim Burgess

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Members of Delridge community

Area business owners

Represenatives from the Seattle Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Neighborhoods, Department of Transporation, Public Utilties, and others.

WHAT:         Find It, Fix It Community Walk with neighbors to identify and fix nuisance and safety issues in the Delridge neighborhood


WHEN:        Saturday, October 3

11A.M. to 1P.M.

WHERE:     Walk will begin at at Louisa Boren STEM K-8

5950 Delridge Way SW 98106

See attached MAP for full walk route.



Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Mayor Murray seeks two new members for Landmarks Preservation Board

Judge Ronald HouseMayor Edward Murray is looking for two new members to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Board in the At-Large position and the Architect position.

The 12-member Landmarks Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board is composed of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serves on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmarks Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by May 15, 2015. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible. Please email your letter and resume to: (reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line).

To submit a paper copy, please address: Erin Doherty, Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.


11th Anniversary of 206 Zulu: Celebration of Hip Hop Culture Happens this Weekend

A community event funded in part by our Neighborhood Matching Fund

Meeting of the Minds eventHip Hop legends and enthusiasts from around the country will gather in the Pacific Northwest, as 206 Zulu, Seattle’s Hip Hop and community non-profit organization, celebrates its 11th anniversary February 6-8, with an explosive three days of music, art, and dance.

The festivities kick-off Friday, February 6, with an appearance from acclaimed DJ, producer, rapper, and lecturer, 9th Wonder, credited with introducing the now common trend of producing unofficial remixes of entire albums; as well as music provided by some of 206 Zulu’s premier DJs, including Tecumseh, Gumbeaux & Cues; as well as performances from Romaro Franceswa, Jus Moni, and Dex Amora.

Saturday, February 7, will commence with the Meeting of the Minds event, a community forum featuring local organizers, community advocates, industry minds, and special guest and keynote speaker: 9th Wonder. Following the Meeting of the Minds will be the Zulu Throwdown Battle, spotlighting some of the region’s best b-boys and b-girls in heated 1 vs. 1 battles, as well as 1 vs. 1 all-styles battles, competing for cash prizes totaling $1000.

Ceremonies will conclude Sunday with the Community Green Dinner where Hip Hop meets environmental activism, presented by Pursuit of a Green Planet.


How will you Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 14?

Neighbor Appreciation Day is coming up on Saturday, February 14.  Need ideas to celebrate?  Here are a few!

  1. Organize a neighborhood clean up. You can contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator for supplies.
  2. Host a potluck
  3. Go for a walk with your neighbor. Feet First and Seattle Department of Transportation have walking maps.
  4. Have a book exchange or clothing exchange
  5. Organize a SNAP meeting

For Neighborhood Appreciation Day events in your neighborhood, check our calendar at:

City of Seattle now Accepting Proposals to Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

John Stanford CrosswalkThe city of Seattle is accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 9, 2015.

The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair, crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2016.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.


People’s Academy for Community Engagement’s (PACE) Seminar on Advocacy Rocks the House!

Shared Five Tools You Can Use to Fight for your Cause

PACE SeminarIn December, 25 brave souls came out on a dark and stormy night to learn about how to fight for their cause. The seminar “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World” was facilitated by professor and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei at the UW School of Social Work. She covered the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and gave effective advocacy tools. 

So what are the five tools to make your voice heard amongst our elected officials?  Here’s a quick recap if you weren’t able to make it*:

1)      Sign up for good “alerts”- Identify an advocacy group that works on issues you care most about and get on their legislative alerts in order to stay in the loop.

2)      Use the telephone or write to your elected officials about what you want them to do related to your issue. 

3)      Help others by making cards with websites, telephone numbers, and dates when legislature is in session for either local, state, or federal government.  Give them out to everyone you encounter and have them pledge to make one toll-free call or email every week the legislature is in session. 

4)      Advertise your issue.  Anytime you are around elected officials wear or carry something that identifies you with your issue or agency.

5)      Talk. Mention key bills, issues, and budget items at every opportunity.  Talk to anybody who will listen.  Get your key issues on other voters radar screens.

Want to attend future free seminars like this?  Contact Wendy Watson at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods about getting on our seminar notification list. 

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. Applications for this fall’s 2015-16 program will begin this spring.

(*adapted from Nancy Amidei’s materials from the Civic Engagement Project)




Lots of Joy and Creativity at the 13th Annual U District Swag Party

DON banner at Swag EventMore than 200 people participated in one of the University District’s favorite traditions, the U District Swag Event. Held at the U District Farmers Market, neighbors gathered greens, pine cones, ribbon and wire and let their creativity run wild!  Plus, for the first time, neighbors made enough swags for the Food Bank to deliver a swag with every bag they take to home-bound seniors (61 swags!!!).  Seattle Public Utilities crews hauled greens from the Cedar River watershed and the U District Farmers Market, the U District Partnership, the U District BIA, University Heights, Display and Costume Design, local merchants, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods contributed to the event.  University Swag Event

Treats from Rockridge Orchards, Mighty O and Starbucks helped to fuel the creativity.  Guests from ROOTS (young adult shelter) again worked the event and welcomed the opportunity to be part of this community tradition (plus, make a little money). Be sure to put this event on your calendar for next December and be a part of the fun, joy, and spirit of the season.  To view more photos from the event click here.

Space Still Available for the Learn the Basics of Advocacy and how Government Works FREE Seminar

We still have a few spots left for our seminar this evening!  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at if you would like to attend.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) presents its fall seminar, “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.” Forget the days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.

Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.

There is a parking lot on 15th Ave NE and 41st St. across from the School of Social Work. Multiple bus lines serve the University District, so visit King County Metro for information.

This event is hosted by PACE, our nine-month civic leadership development program for emerging community leaders. To learn more visit