About Councilmember Harris-Talley

Kirsten Harris-Talley brings more than fifteen years of experience to her work on the Seattle City Council as a trainer and facilitator in a number of social justice and health topics, including but not limited to reproductive health, gender equity, and cultural proficiency.

Most recently Kirsten served as program director for the Progress Alliance, an organization funding the infrastructure of progressive social and political change in Washington State. She is also a founding board member of Surge Northwest, a nonprofit which advances community engagement, education, and policy advocacy for racial and reproductive justice. Kirsten earned her associate degree from The School of Arts Institute of Chicago. She later received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. Kirsten lives in the Rainier Valley - Hillman City neighborhood with her husband and their two children.  When she's not busy making the very most of her 51 days as Councilmember, Kirsten professes enjoys hanging with her book club, fighting for what is right, and cooking up good eats with friends and family.