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Jenifer Chao Confirmed as Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Community members and City family climbed the stairs at City Hall to witness a vote on the confirmation of Jenifer Chao as the Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). They filed into Seattle City Council chambers for the Dec. 8 meeting of the Neighborhoods, Education, Civil Rights & Culture… [ Keep reading ]

Strategic Partnerships Team Leads with Equity in Advising and Supporting City Programs

Through the Race and Social Justice Initiative, the City of Seattle is consistently working to address and eliminate institutional racism. Part of the City’s focus on social justice includes ensuring outreach and engagement efforts are equitable and reach all communities. Through our Strategic Partnerships program, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Nominates Jenifer Chao to be Next Director of Department of Neighborhoods

Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint Jenifer Chao to serve as the next Director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Chao, a community engagement leader, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Administration in the City of Seattle’s Finance and Administrative Services. Working with… [ Keep reading ]

Community Engagement Coordinators Center Trust Building, Elevate Community Voices in Local Government

For local government to effectively serve the community, trust is essential. At the Department of Neighborhoods, we know that community trust in government isn’t inherent, nor should it be. Trust is something that should be earned by walking the talk, acknowledging a role in historical injustices, and actively working to… [ Keep reading ]

Get to know Mohamed Abdullahi, our new Storytelling Intern

Mohamed Abdullahi recently joined the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods communications team as a Communications and Storytelling Intern. Mohamed came to us through the Cultural and Creative Workforce Development Program, an internship program developed by Northwest Folklife in collaboration with the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Arts and Culture. The program provides paid internships for Seattle’s young creatives,… [ Keep reading ]

Meet Nate Moxley, our new Community Garden Coordinator

Nate Moxley joined our P-Patch Community Gardening team in January. Actually, he “re-joined” the team, having previously worked for the P-Patch program from 2009 – 2013. Nate is one of our P-Patch Community Garden Coordinators, working in collaboration with gardeners to coordinate 16 of our 89 community gardens throughout the… [ Keep reading ]

Meet Esprit Autenreith, the newest member of our Neighborhood Matching Fund team

Esprit Autenreith is an Administrative Specialist working as the self-proclaimed “paperwork wizard/witch” for the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program. She is responsible for tracking all things related to the Community Partnership Fund within NMF as well as providing basic administrative support to the whole team. Get to know more about… [ Keep reading ]

Meet Fabiola Arvizu, our citywide Community Engagement Coordinator

Fabiola Arvizu is a recent addition to our Community Outreach and Engagement team. As a citywide Community Engagement Coordinator, she has been busy introducing Seattle residents to City staff and services and sharing opportunities for folks to engage in community efforts in their neighborhoods. Get to know a little bit… [ Keep reading ]

Hey Neighbor: Meet Hilary Nichols

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Hey Neighbor! series introduces you to the people behind the scenes working to build, strengthen, and engage the communities of Seattle. Meet Hilary Nichols Hilary Nichols has been coordinating our People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) since 2016 and has since discovered a passion for educating… [ Keep reading ]

Meet Osbaldo Hernandez, our new Community Engagement Coordinator

Osbaldo Hernandez is the newest addition to our Community Outreach and Engagement team. Osbaldo joined us from Lutheran Community Services NW where he served as Program Manager developing programs to support homeless families and individuals. He is also co-owner of Frelard Tamales! Osbaldo currently serves as our Community Engagement Coordinator… [ Keep reading ]