Brian Hawksford, C. Rose Smith, and Anthony Auriemma
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.
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.
Anthony joined Councilmember Rasmussen's office in 2014. He primarily focuses on the Councilmember's duties as Chair of the Transportation Committee, as well as a range of other policy and constituent issues within the City.
Anthony joined the Rasmussen team after five years in Washington DC as a government relations consultant to a number of local governments and Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. While serving as the Director of Federal Affairs at Sixkiller Consulting Anthony focused on federal transportation issues affecting King County Metro, as well as a number of other budget and policy issues such as immigration, public safety, human services, and environmental protection. This is Anthony's second stint at City Hall, after previously serving as a legal extern in the Office of Mayor Greg Nickels. He has also worked at the City Hall of his hometown of Lake Forest Park as well as at Democratic National Committee headquarters during President Obama's 2008 campaign. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. He is a proud member of his Sluggernauts co-ed softball team.