Carlos Del Valle, Executive Director of Technology at Seattle Public Schools, joined us for a conversation about the district’s ongoing work to adapt to remote learning. He discussed the challenges of shifting from providing technology services internally to working directly with families, and how the digital equity factors into the SPS’s strategic plan, Seattle Excellence.
Cuc Vu, Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, joined us for a conversation about the City’s ongoing work to be a welcoming and equitable place for the diverse immigrant and refugee communities that call it home. She discussed the challenges that COVID-19 has exacerbated and shared ways that immigrant ingenuity is influencing the City’s work.
Alex Rose from the City of Seattle Offices of Arts & Culture and Film & Music joined us for a conversation about the local creative economy. Alex shared the challenges that creatives are facing because of the pandemic, the disparities between creatives in tech and those in other fields (as well as the overall disparities in creative fields) and how the city is collecting data and responding to these challenges.
Patty Hayes, Director of the Seattle & King County Health department, has over 30 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Patty has been responsible for the COVID-19 response for King County and gave some straight talk on how we’re doing in King County right now, how we know it’s working and what we can expect in the coming 6-12 months.
Michelle Caulfield, Deputy Director of OSE, joined us for a conversation about the pandemic’s impact on local sustainability policy and practices, and how OSE’s work fits with the City’s overall recovery efforts. Watch the recording below — Michelle gives a thorough overview of what sustainability means to the City of Seattle and how it’s investing in community needs — and follow her calls to action!
Kendall LeVan Hodson, Chief of Staff at King County Elections, joined us for a conversation about the pandemic’s impact on local election planning and what voters can expect for the general election in November. Watch the recording below — Kendall shares her wealth of knowledge with warmth and enthusiasm — and follow her calls to action to do your civic duty!