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Councilmember Harrell

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Council position: 3
In office since: 2008
Current term: 2012-2015

Bruce Harrell and his family have been committed to community service in this region for over three decades. As an attorney and community volunteer, Bruce is known for his ability to create high performing teams and for resolving conflict. He has extensive experience in technology, strategic thinking and conflict management. Bruce began his public service in 1979 working for the Seattle City Council under Council President Paul Kraabel.

Bruce attended K-12 in Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Garfield High. He played football for the University of Washington (1978 Rose Bowl Champion, 1979 Sun Bowl Champion, 1st Team Academic All American and All Pac-10) and was subsequently elected to the UW Alumni Board of Trustees. He received the 2007 University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Award in Political Science and 2008 Husky Legend award.

In 1984 Bruce graduated from UW's law school and has served in a variety of leadership roles, representing kids and seniors, union members, non-profits, affordable housing companies and working as a senior attorney for technology and telecommunication companies. Bruce has consistently protected the rights of people; always advocating for fairness, respect and civility. Bruce served as chief legal advisor to the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, chief legal advisor to the First A.M.E. Church and First A.M.E. Housing Corporation, and Chief Counsel to U S WEST.

In 2007, Bruce was elected to the City Council emerging from a field of five candidates who ran for the open seat vacated by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck.  In 2011, Councilmember Harrell was overwhelmingly re-elected by the great people of Seattle.  Bruce chairs the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, serves as vice chair of the Transportation Committee and serves as a member of the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee.  He also sits on the Puget Sound Regional Council's Executive Board, chairs Performance First, a partnership to support minority-owned businesses, and is the Northwest Regional Director for the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council.

Bruce is married to Joanne Harrell and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Regents for the UW.  Joanne also sits on the Board of AAA of Washington, the Board of REI, and was previously the President and CEO of United Way of King County. They are raising their family in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. They enjoy the outdoors with their children, fishing, swimming and exercising.

2014-2015 Seattle City Council Committees

Chair: Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee
Vice-Chair: Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Gender Pay Equity
Vice-Chair: Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations
Member: Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods
Member: Labor Relations Policy
Member: Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
Member: Select Committee on Parks Funding
Member: Select Committee on the Minimum Wage and Income Inequality
Member: Mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee
Member: Mayor's Police Chief Search Committee
Alternate: Energy

2014-2015 External Committees and Boards & Commissions Oversight/Appointment Authority:

Chair: Firefighters Pension Board
Chair: Police Pension Board
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board
Member: Regional Law Safety & Justice Committee
Member: Fire Facilities Oversight Committee
Member: Economic Development Council
Member: Trade Development Alliance
Member: Domestic Violence Prevention Council
Member: Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable
Northwest Regional Director: National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC)

Fire Code Advisory Board
Public Safety Civil Service Commission
OPA Review Board
Citizens Telecommunication and Technology Advisory Board
Seattle Women's Commission
Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities
Seattle Human Rights Commission
Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission (LGBT)
Council on African American Elders
Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Commission

2014-2015 Sister City Association
Chongqing, China
Mombassa, Kenya

Community Awards:

2013 - Community Leadership Award - Tabor 100 “Crystal Eagle” Leadership Award
2013 - Champion Award  - Pioneer Human Services - in recognition of outstanding support for the people and causes served by Pioneer Human Services
2013 - Community Activist Award - ROOTS - in recognition of hard work to make the African American community a better place to live
2013 - Seattle Roots Committee Award - Northwest Black Pioneers - in appreciation of service to the African American Community
2013 - Induction into Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame as a College Player
2013 - Seattle Urban League Young Professionals - in appreciation of extraordinary leadership and dedication
2012 - PNWC Lay Service Award - The PNWC Lay Organization - in grateful appreciation for outstanding dedicated service to the people in your community
2010-2012 - Favorite Local Political Figure - The International Examiner - Third Annual Northwest Asian Pacific American Reader's Choice Awards
2011 - 2nd Annual Banquet Honoree - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Puget Sound Chapter
2011 - Central Area Senior Center - Government Affairs Award
2010 - Father's Day Honor Appreciation Award
2009 - Pillar Award - Regional Small Business Development Program - for supporting small business success
2008 - Mayor Greg Nickels Visionary Award - Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle - 6th Annual Contractors Award Luncheon and Pathways Forum

2012-2013 Seattle City Council Committees
Chair: Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology
Vice-Chair: Transportation
Member: Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture
Member: Labor Relations Policy
Alternate: Libraries, Utilities and Center
Member: SR 520 Project - Special Committee
Member: Budget - Special Committee
Member: Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program - Special Committee
Member: Library Levy - Special Committee

2012-2013 External Committees and Boards & Commissions Oversight/
Appointment Authority


Chair: Firefighters Pension Board
Chair: Police Pension Board
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board
Member: Regional Law Safety & Justice Committee
Member: Domestic Violence Prevention Council
Member: Fire Facilities Oversight Committee (Clerk: Sabrina Buchanan, 2nd Tuesday starting in March)
Alternate: King County Board of Health
Chair: Performance First: A Business Development Strategy of the Prosperity Partnership
Northwest Regional Director: National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC)
Member: UW Business and Economic Development Center Advisory Board 
Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable
Fire Code Advisory Board
Public Safety Civil Service Commission
OPA Review Board
Citizens Telecommunication and Technology Advisory Board
Seattle Women's Commission
Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities
Seattle Human Rights Commission
Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission (LGBT)
Council on African American Elders

2010-2011 Committees
Chair: Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Committee
Chair: Law and Risk Management Committee
Vice-Chair: Seattle Public Utilities & Neighborhoods Committee
Member: Parks & Seattle Center Committee
Alternate: Transportation Committee
Alternate: Public Safety & Education
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board
Chair: Performance First: A Business Development Strategy of the Prosperity Partnership
Chair: Seattle Firefighters Pension Board
Northwest Regional Director: National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC)
Chair: CASASTART - Focused strategies for youth with behavioral challenges at identified schools.
Member: UW Business and Economic Development Center Advisory Board 
Seattle City Light Review Panel
Seattle Citizens' Telecommunications & Technology Advisory Board
Women's Commission
People with Disabilities Commission
Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission
Human Rights Commission

2008-2009 Committees
Chair: Energy & Technology Committee
Vice-Chair: Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee
Member: Housing and Economic Development Committee
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board
Member: Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board
Chair: Performance First: A Business Development Strategy of the Prosperity Partnership
Chair: CASASTART - Focused strategies for youth with behavioral challenges at identified schools.
Member: King County Flood Control Zone Advisory Committee
Member: Fire Facilities Oversight Committee
Member: Reinvesting in Youth - Strategies to prevent youth from dropping out from school
Member: Public Safety Planning Client Group
Seattle City Light Advisory Committee
Seattle Citizens' Telecommunications & Technology Advisory Board

2008-2013
Sister City Liaison to Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Kobe, Japan; Mombasa, Kenya

Bruce is involved in the following regional committees:

Puget Sound Regional Council logo

Transportation Policy Board Member
of Puget Sound Regional Council

The Transportation Policy Board includes representatives of the Regional Council's member jurisdictions and regional business, labor, civic and environmental groups. Meets monthly to make recommendations on key transportation issues to the Executive Board.


Puget Sound Regional Council logo

Executive Board Member
of Puget Sound Regional Council

Executive Board members are appointed by their General Assembly constituents to represent the member governments. The Board is chaired by the Regional Council president, meets monthly, and carries out delegated powers and responsibilities between meetings of the General Assembly.


Performance First logo

Chair of Performance First: A Business Development Strategy of the Prosperity Partnership
As Washington state continues to become more diverse, support of minority-owned businesses is an increasingly important part of the Prosperity Partnership's Regional Economic Strategy. Nationally, 70 percent of new jobs are created by small business, and minority-owned businesses are a growing portion of small business in Washington state. Success among minority-owned businesses translates to increased jobs, increased wealth and long-term prosperity for all of our region's residents. More must be done to ensure that these entrepreneurs have the tools, resources and access they need to be successful.


Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable logo

Member of Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable
The Community Roundtable is a partnership of twenty-five community organizations and public institutions working together to achieve racial equity in Seattle. Roundtable members are committed to achieving racial equity in the community through coordinated actions. The work of the Roundtable builds on the history of anti-racism work led by the community over the last 15 years.  The Roundtable has chosen education as its lead issue. Roundtable members also are examining the connections between education and criminal justice, economics, environmental justice and health.


casastart logo

Advisory Board Chair for CASASTART:
Focused strategies for youth with behavioral challenges at identified schools

CASASTART is a substance abuse and delinquency prevention program serving high-risk young adolescents and their families. CASASTART's primary goals are (1) to provide youths with the services and support they need to become productive, law-abiding citizens; and (2) to create a safer environment for adolescents and their families through the reduction of crime and illegal drugs in their neighborhoods. To attain its goals, CASASTART brings together key stakeholders in a community, including families, schools, law enforcement agencies, and social service and health agencies.


UW Business and Economic Development Center Advisory Board

Member of University of Washington Business
and Economic Development Center Advisory Board

The Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) links students, faculty, and staff from the Foster School of Business with a racially and ethnically diverse business and nonprofit community to expand students' knowledge and skills, help small businesses grow, create and retain jobs, open educational opportunities for under-represented minority students, and stimulate innovative economic development research.

 

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