About Councilmember Lisa Herbold

I've been a Highland Park resident for 15 years and Seattle resident for 23 years. I served as Councilmember Nick Licata's Legislative Aide, since coordinating his 1997 campaign.

I've worked on issues of access, fairness, and a commitment to a shared quality-of-life. I've helped craft and pass public policy that includes Paid Sick Leave for the 190,000 Seattle workers who didn't have it, a Rental Housing Inspection Program for 250,000 renter households, and an acclaimed criminal justice diversion program. Each of these examples of model public policy is being replicated in jurisdictions across the country, and are a few samples of the work I've done to help Seattle residents.

I studied journalism and political science at Syracuse University. A community organizer by training, I cut my teeth with Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN), a grassroots organization in New York dedicated to equal access to public services for all neighborhoods. I moved to Seattle to open an office for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). I was also an organizer for the Tenants Union.

I have served on the boards of Neighborhood House, Homestead Community Land Trust, the Tenants Union, and the Young Adult Independent Living Project. I'm the mother of a daughter with a family of her own, the happy Omi (German for "granny") to my granddaughter and grandson, as well as stepmom to my husband Bob's two girls.