Councilmember Johnson's Staff
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Amy came to her adopted home of Seattle by way of Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta. After receiving a degree in Business from Emory University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Georgia Tech, she spent 10 years consulting to the public and private sectors to find innovative solutions to housing, transportation and economic development challenges.
In Seattle, Amy spent over two years as the Sustainable Communities Director at Futurewise, a non-profit organization working throughout Washington State to create healthy, equitable communities and protect our natural environment. There, Amy worked in Seattle and King County to promote effective land use planning policies to foster strong communities with an emphasis on affordable housing, effective transit and equity.
As Senior Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Johnson, she will be supporting Rob's commitment to a livable, affordable Seattle serving as clerk for the Land Use committee. When not working, she enjoys cheering on the Seattle Sounders, traveling and pretending she knows how to knit.
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Born and raised in Seattle's District 4, Geri Morris joins Councilmember Johnson's office after a career in nonprofit arts fundraising, most recently for Pacific Northwest Ballet. There Geri discovered, among other things, a true passion for building relationships with its patrons and she couldn't be more excited to continue that line of work by focusing on constituent relations and communications for Councilmember Johnson.
Geri received her undergraduate degree in both Vocal Performance and Business from Colby College, and while she enjoyed her stint in Waterville, Maine, was thrilled to return to the West Coast to earn her masters in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Geri loves this city to the core of her being and is excited to help make the process of civic engagement that much more efficient and enjoyable.
In her spare time Geri serves on the board of Northwest Girlchoir, sings with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, enjoys taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest's abundance of outdoor offerings, and is in her happiest state in the kitchen, baking in the company of friends or family.
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A Texas native, Patty moved to Seattle in 2006 and has held various accounting and administrative positions in Seattle. She is excited to begin her first position in local government with Council Member Johnson's office and the District 4 Team.
Patty has done two separate stints as a Peace Corps volunteer in both Africa and Central America. After receiving a degree in International Business, she spent 2 years working with artisans in Benin, West Africa providing business classes, and encouraging economic development in her community. She arrived in Seattle, excited for the change in weather, and pursued her Master's in International Business at Seattle University. She worked in the private sector as an accounting and administrative assistant both before and after answering her second call to volunteerism working with an artisan collaborative in El Salvador for a year.
On her free time she enjoys the Ballard Farmers Market, going to live music shows and cooking in between her avid support rooting for the Seattle Sounders.
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Spencer came to Seattle via Portland and Savannah. He receiving a degree in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and brings years of policy and design experience at a variety of scales. Prior to joining Councilmember Johnson’s office, Spencer has worked within the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on issues related to growth management, as an Urban Designer and Planner for Futurewise, and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Seattle Housing Authority.
Having most recently supported a series of community-based design workshops, Spencer will focus on citywide land-use policy, supporting the Planning Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee, community engagement, and regional issues. Spencer is committed to enhancing the experience of the built environment, broadening prosperity throughout the region, and contributing to the vitality of the places people live, work, study, worship, and play.
In his spare time he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, staying active in the local writing community, and supporting the Seattle Sounders and Seattle Reign.