Mayor Murray will hold a press conference this morning to discuss next steps to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all Seattle City employees. You can watch the live event here starting at 9:30 a.m.:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 19, 2013
Contact: Jeff Reading, Office of the Mayor-elect
(206) 684-3952, Jeff.Reading@Seattle.gov
SEATTLE – Calling it a “disparity strikes at the very core of who we are as a democratic society,” Mayor-elect Ed Murray today committed to addressing Seattle’s growing income divide, and – in a first step toward that commitment – announced his plans to raise Seattle’s minimum wage.
“Our city is becoming an unaffordable city for too many middle-class families, artists, students, young people, service-industry workers, immigrants new to the country,” said Murray, who personally endorsed the goal of a fifteen-dollar-per-hour minimum wage during the mayoral campaign. “Seattle really is on the cusp of falling beyond the financial reach of too many of those who give our city its diverse character – of the very people who make this city run.”
Murray stood at a press conference with leaders in business, labor, members of the City Council and other community stakeholders who have agreed to serve on his ‘Income Inequality Advisory Committee,’ a workgroup charged with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within Seattle. The Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by David Rolf, President of SEIU 775NW, and H.S. Wright III, founder and CEO of the Seattle Hospitality Group.
“These individuals are not here as the latest installment of the Seattle process,” said Murray. “They are here to participate in a structured effort, within a defined timeframe, with clear goals and clear deadlines, while driving toward a clear end-product – which is a proposal I can submit to City Council this summer.”
The Advisory Committee will submit its recommendations by May 2014 to Murray, who will then transmit a formal proposal for City Council review and action by the end of July.
“We can boost the earnings of low-wage workers in a meaningful way and increase the economic activity of the region that comes with greater spending power – and we can do it without harming our employers or losing jobs,” said Murray.
Here is Mayor-Elect Murray’s Statement of Purpose.
The Advisory Committee roster can be found below.
Roster, Mayor-elect Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee
|David Rolf||President||SEIU 775NW|
|David Freiboth||Executive Secretary||MLK Labor Council|
|Sarah Cherin||Dir. Gov. Relations||UFCW 21|
|Diane Sosne||President||SEIU 1199NW|
|Nick Hanauer||Partner||Second Ave Partners|
|Pramila Jayapal||Co-Chair||We Belong Together|
|Eric Liu||Founder||Citizen University|
|Bob Donegan||President/CEO||Ivar’s Restaurant|
|Joe Fugere||Owner||Tutta Bella|
|Dave Meinert||Owner||Onto Entertainment|
|Craig Dawson||President||Retail Lockbox|
|Craig Shafer||Owner||Hotel Andra|
|H.S. Wright III||Founder and CEO||Seattle Hospitality Group|
|Janet Ali||Human Resources Supervisor||Nucor Steel|
|Ronald Wilkowski||Executive||Financial Services|
|Genevieve Aguilar||Port Campaigns Director||Puget Sound Sage|
|Maud Daudon||President/CEO||Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce|
|Michael Wells||Executive Director||Cap Hill Chamber of Commerce|
|Pamela Banks||President/CEO||Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle|
|David Watkins||President||Seattle Hotel Association|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 11, 2013
Contact: Jeff Reading, Office of the Mayor-elect
(206) 684-3952, Jeff.Reading@Seattle.gov
Murray announces key ‘staffing innovations’ and staff hires
SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray today announced key staff roles and hires within the Office of the Mayor, outlined three major ‘staffing innovations’ and named several new City department head appointments.
“My administration, as with any administration, will be judged on how we serve Seattle residents, and my standard will be one of excellence,” said Murray. “To me, excellence means an administration that functions with a high level of inclusiveness, transparency, responsiveness and collaboration – and that brings innovation to solving problems for the people of Seattle.”
At a press conference today, Murray was flanked by his selections for his executive leadership team, his newly-created Office of Policy & Innovation, and his proposed appointments for interim and permanent department head positions.
“For my administration to serve with excellence, my surrounding team must be excellent,” said Murray. “This is an excellent team, an innovative team, a winning team. These are highly capable individuals who are ready to bring their energy, experience and expertise with them on Day One of my administration.”
Murray also emphasized his commitment to a Mayor’s Office and an Administration that reflects the diversity of the Seattle community, both in today’s announcement and in future announcements.
Mayor’s executive leadership team
Murray detailed the make-up of his executive leadership team, which begins with an innovative concept for two Deputy Mayors: “one with a focus on what’s going on in our communities, and one with a focus on what’s going on within city government.”
The external-facing Deputy Mayor will function as Murray’s ‘chief liaison’ and will maintain a “systematic engagement with the many diverse communities and groups throughout Seattle and beyond.” To the position, Murray named Hyeok Kim, Executive Director of InterIm Community Development Association, calling her “an incredibly well-respected voice in our community, and someone known near and far for her integrity.”
The internal-facing Deputy Mayor will function as Murray’s ‘operations lead,’ and will assist in managing “how the city delivers on our commitment to serve the residents of Seattle.” Murray said the role will focus on breaking down silos and promoting cross-department collaboration. To fulfill the position on an interim basis, Murray coaxed out of retirement Andrea Riniker, who previously served as Bellevue City Manager and director for the Port of Tacoma, the Sea-Tac airport and the state Department of Ecology. Riniker “will help assess the status of departments while helping to provide a clearer picture of how this position can best function,” Murray said. “She will also help define the profile of the person who will take this role on permanent basis – and I’m happy to have a former administrator of her stature, with her talent and regional focus to help me craft this critical role.”
As a second staffing innovation, Murray announced that he is bringing the Budget Director back into the Mayor’s Office “to reflect the nature of the budget and the importance of the Budget Director role.” He named Ben Noble, current Director of Seattle City Council Central Services, to the role, describing Noble as someone “widely respected for his competence and professionalism.” Murray also said he will bring the Communications Director into his executive leadership team “to help ensure that our communications and policy strategies are aligned,” and named Jeff Reading, formerly his Deputy Chief of Staff with the Democratic Caucus in the state Senate, to the role. And, in what he described as ‘a real coup,’ Murray announced that Robert Feldstein, current Chief of Staff in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, will be the Director for the newly-created Office of Policy & Innovation.
Office of Policy & Innovation
As a third major staffing innovation, Murray laid out his plans to create the Office of Policy & Innovation within the Mayor’s Office, calling it a ‘new model’ that will function as an “in-house consultancy to the Mayor.” Murray said that his approach to policy aims to break down the silos that tend to form around issue areas, and will instead “place a premium” on analytic and strategic skills, on the ability to identify and scope out a problem, on talent in facilitating and assessing and communicating solutions, on excellence in project management, and an ability to deliver clear and measureable results.
Staff under this model will be interchangeable among policy areas, Murray said, and announced several early hires for the Office. Mike Fong, currently an analyst with the Seattle City Council Central Staff, will be Deputy Director of the Office. Former City Council member and current Community Police Commission member Tina Podlodowski will be the project lead on police reform issues. Jared Smith, head of Northwest Operations for the planning, engineering and construction management firm Parsons Brickerfhoff, will be the director for the Waterfront and Seawall project. Steve Lee, former project management consultant to the White House, will be project lead for organizational effectiveness. And Andrew Glass Hastings, current Government Relations Officer for the King County Department of Transportation, will be project lead on transportation and transit issues.
“I’m very excited about this approach to policy,” said Murray. “It puts the emphasis on an ability to drive progress – which is a dynamic thing – rather than domain knowledge, which is a static thing. Our emphasis needs to be – and will be – on the clear, compelling and measurable progress we are able to deliver.”
Permanent department heads
Murray announced three new City department head appointments, subject to confirmation by the City Council. For the Office of Civil Rights, Murray has selected Patricia Lally, a civil-rights leader in the community who has served an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. For the Office of Housing, Murray has selected Steve Walker, former division director for the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and advisor for the City of Seattle’s Department of Housing and Human Services, the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition in the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. And for the Office of Personnel, Murray has selected Susan Coskey, a former US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee and private practice labor and employment lawyer, human resources executive, and organizational and human resources consultant in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Interim department heads
Murray also appointed two interim heads to City departments for which he has said he will conduct a national search to identify his permanent hires. To the Seattle Department of Transportation, Murray has named Goran Sparrman, current deputy director at SDOT and the former director of transportation at the City of Bellevue and at Portland’s Bureau of Traffic Management, as Interim Director. To the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Murray has named Aaliyah Gupta, founding Executive Director of Chaya, a community based nonprofit working on domestic violence issues in the South Asian community, as Interim Director.
“My vision is of a city that gets results in addressing our common challenges in public safety, in transportation, in making sure that ours is a growing city at the same time that it’s a fair and affordable city,” said Murray. “I have confidence in the ability of the individuals announced today to help me carry out this vision successfully.”
Murray also directed people to his transition website, where application from people interested in joining the administration are still being accepted. The website can be found at www.seattle.gov/mayoraltransition.
A complete list of positions announced today and attendant salaries can be found below. Biographies are contained in the following attachment:
Mayor’s executive leadership team:
- Hyeok Kim – Deputy Mayor, external ($170,000)
- Andrea Riniker – Interim Deputy Mayor, internal ($170,000)
- Ben Noble – Budget Director ($170,000)
- Robert Feldstein – Director of the Office Policy & Innovation ($170,000)
- Jeff Reading – Communications Director ($140,000)
Office of Policy & Innovation leads:
- Mike Fong – Deputy Director ($130,000)
- Andrew Glass Hastings – Transit and transportation ($118,000)
- Steve Lee – Organizational effectiveness ($118,000)
- Tina Podlodowski – Police chief search and police reform ($118,000)
- Jared Smith – Waterfront and Seawall ($160,000)
Permanent department heads:
- Susan Coskey – Personnel ($175,000)
- Patricia Lally – Office of Civil Rights ($151,000)
- Steve Walker – Housing ($145,000)
Interim department heads:
- Aaliyah Gupta – Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs ($116,000)
- Goran Sparrman – Seattle Department of Transportation ($176,000)
From November 13th-16th, Seattle hosted the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition. Mayor-Elect Ed Murray joined with fellow elected officials from across the nation to explore how best to meet some of our toughest challenges. Here, the Mayor-Elect discusses the decline in state and federal support for local government, the future of Seattle and its suburbs, and our burgeoning metropolitan revolution:
Date: Nov. 22
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Seattle Center, Olympic Room (West Republican St. and Warren St.)
1:20p – 1:30p Check in and seating for participants
1:30p – 1:40p Event welcome by Co-Chair of the Transition Martha Choe
1:40p – 1:45p Description of the meeting and guidelines by the event facilitator
1:45p – 2:00p Mayor-elect Murray addresses the Transition Advisory Committee
2:00p – 4:10p Group work period
4:10p – 4:20p Closing comments from the Mayor-elect
4:20p – 4:30p Thank you and next steps
4:30p Event ends
Reminder: press may arrive for set-up as early as 1:00 pm