Brian Hawksford, Bill LaBorde, and C. Rose Smith
Brian Hawksford comes to Rasmussen's staff after 11 years as a co-owner of Portfolio Strategy Consulting, Inc., an investment strategy and product development firm whose clients were leading financial institutions and high-net-worth investors. In addition, Hawksford has been on the staff of numerous political and issue campaigns including The Children's Initiative and King County Voters to Retain Fair Employment. He also is a member of Seattle Men's Chorus and volunteers with Gay City Health Project. Hawksford studied at Seattle Central Community College and Western Connecticut State University. He is lead policy staff for issues outside Councilmember Rasmussen's committee area, manages community outreach and coordinates communications for Councilmember Rasmussen.
Bill LaBorde comes to Councilmember Rasmussenís staff with 10 years experience working on policy and government relations for the statewide environmental community. He worked on a variety of issues including sustainable transportation and land use, clean energy and climate change. He has worked on several statewide and local campaigns including transit funding ballot measures and passage of I-937, the state Clean Energy Initiative. Bill lives with his wife and two kids in Columbia City. He is the lead on issues that come before the Transportation Committee, chaired by Councilmember Rasmussen.
C. Rose Smith
C. Rose Smith has joined Councilmember Rasmussen’s staff after more than 25 years working for the City of Seattle. Rose has worked in various positions, from administrative to marketing department services at trade shows; to providing software training sessions for city employees; to physically counting and assessing each computer for the city before most employees had PC’s.
For thirteen of those years she worked at the Seattle Channel as a Video Specialist, operating a multi-camera switcher for City Council meetings and working occasionally as an on-air personality. For two years she worked with Eric Lui, co-producing Seattle Voices, as well as a segment on the Royal Esquire Club for Community Stories and two segments for CityStream, all popular programs on the channel. Recently Rose worked as Senior Public Relations Specialist for Seattle City Light.
Rose has been active for 20 years with Blacks in Government, Region X. She enjoys singing and was a vocalist in the Seattle Channel band three non-consecutive years. Rose has one grown son and she is “Nanna” to her 11 year old granddaughter Niesha.