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Nick Licata
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Nick Licata

Council position: 6
In office since: 1998
Current term: 2014-2015


Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember
BA, Bowling Green State University, 1969
MA, Sociology, from University of Washington, 1973

Insurance Broker with Sprague Israel Giles from 1981 to 1997
Consultant to City Government from 1979 to 1981
Director at WashPIRG at UW Campus from 1977 to 1979
Program Evaluator at Youth Advocates from 1975 to 1977

Civic Activity and Community Involvement (starting most recent):
Founder and board member of The Civic Foundation. A voluntary organization devoted to promoting neighborhood issues.

President of the 911 Media Arts Center board. This state's only non-profit, educational organization supporting the creative use of media as a communication and art-making tool in a democratic society.

Co-Chair of Citizens for More Important Things. The group opposed excessive public funding of professional sports stadiums. It wrote King County Initiative 16 and collected over 73,000 signatures to get it validated.

Founder of Friends of Westlake Park. Created to retain the pedestrian character of the entire Westlake Plaza area by keeping autos off of Pine St.

President of the Metropolitan Democratic Club. An organization independent of the Democratic Party but supportive of it.

Officer of the International District Rotary Club. Helped lead the effort to admit women to Rotary.

President of CHECC. The organization monitored city government.

Founding Board Member of the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP). A non-profit that made housing loans available and now make low-income housing units available.

Founder of the Seattle Sun. A community newspaper published in the '70's and '80's.

Publisher of the Seattle's First "People's Yellow Pages." Seattle's first extensive guide to community organizations, social service agencies, and political groups.

Officer of the University District Community Council. Helped stop the construction of future high-rises in that community.

Past Board Member of Center for Global Security Studies. Focused on Asian/Pacific disarmament issues and supporting indigenous rights in the Pacific.

Past Board Member of ACLU of Washington State. Defending first amendment rights.

Newell Aldrich

Newell Aldrich, legislative assistant to Nick Licata

I'm a Seattle-area native and Wallingford resident. I graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Political Science and Spanish, and have lived and worked in Spain and Alaska. I served as co-chair of the Washington State Campaign for Democracy. In my political activism, I've done everything from leafleting and writing articles to running email listserves.

When not working, I enjoy soccer, photography, swimming, cycling, and live music.

Lisa Herbold



Lisa Herbold, legislative assistant to Nick Licata

A New York State native, Lisa has lived in Seattle for the last 22 years. Lisa began her career as a community organizer working for Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN), a grassroots organization struggling for equal distribution of city services in low-income neighborhoods. Lisa moved to Seattle to help open a new ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) office. Before running Councilmember Licata's 1997 campaign for City Council, she worked as a tenant organizer for the Tenants Union. Lisa has a grown daughter named Megan and she is the happy Omi (German for "granny") of Megan's daughter and son.

Frank Video



Frank Video, legislative aide to Councilmember Licata, also works as a visual artist specializing in design, public art, and site-specific installation. He has shown artwork at local galleries, European festivals, and regional events. As a video maker, Frank has produced programs on transportation and other public sector issues. His videos have been accessioned into the Smithsonian Institute and recognized by Portland, Oregon's Northwest Film and Video Festival, Seattle's International Video Shorts Festival, the American Film and Video Festival in Philadelphia, Seattle's PBS affiliate TV station, KCTS Channel 9, and cable stations throughout the United States.

Frank has presented on the subject of artists working in their communities for the College Arts Association and has taught video making workshops for young children at Seattle's Coyote Junior High (now Coyote Central) and at Seattle's Young Author's Celebrations. He has received funding from the Seattle, King County, and State arts commissions, Artist Trust, Art Matters, Inc., and Independent Curators, Inc.

Frank currently serves on the board of the Washington State Arts Commission and has in the past served on the Seattle Arts Commission, 911 Media Arts Center board, Henry Art Gallery Board of Trustees, Velocity Dance Center board, On The Boards Performance Theater board, the Seattle Chapter of the International Television Association, as well as a selection panelist for Artist Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Seattle, King County, and Washington State Arts Commissions.

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