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SUBJECT: Mayor Ed Murray appoints Kate Becker as Film + Music Office Director

2/6/2014  7:30:00 PM
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Mayor Ed Murray appoints Kate Becker as Film + Music Office Director
Thanks James Keblas for nine years of service

SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he is appointing Kate Becker as the new director for the city’s Film + Music Office.

“I’m pleased to name Kate Becker to the position of director of the Office of Film + Music,” said Murray. “Kate has strong industry relationships and a passion for music, nightlife and film in Seattle. I’m looking forward to the energy and creativity she brings to my leadership team.”

Becker has most recently served as a strategic advisor and code compliance team facilitator in the city’s Department of Finance and Administration, working on nightlife, marijuana and I-502 implementation policy since April, 2013.

“I am so honored to be appointed to this important position,” said Kate Becker. “It really is a dream job for me. I look forward to deepening my relationships with the film and music communities and working to advance those sectors in Seattle.”

Prior to joining the city, Becker served in leadership roles with the Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and at the Vera Project. She also founded an all ages venue and teen center, The Old Fire House, in Redmond, WA and led that program from 1992-2003.

“I want to thank James Keblas for his nine years of service to the city,” said Murray. “During his tenure, the Office of Film + Music has had strong success at promoting Seattle as a place to make a living making film and making music, and the City of Music and Commercialize Seattle initiatives promote our robust music and film industry sectors.”

Becker has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a major in filmmaking from Hampshire College. She will start at the office on February 24.

– MoS –

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