All Policy is Local Podcast

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About the podcast

Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis takes you beyond the headlines and gives you a seat at the table for some of the most important public policy conversations facing Seattle and local governments across the nation today. 

Whether they're congresswomen, community leaders, or academics, in this podcast Councilmember Lewis talks with some of the most knowledgeable people in our community about the toughest issues we face, including homelessness, public safety, and affordable housing. 


Preview: Introducing All Policy is Local

Councilmember Lewis talks about what inspired this new podcast and what you can expect. 

Episodes Available Now

Gregg Colburn: Homelessness is a Housing Problem

University of Washington Professor Gregg Colburn discusses findings from his new book, "Homelessness is a Housing Problem," the root causes of Seattle's homelessness emergency, and data-driven approaches we can take to addressing it. 

Dominique Davis: Community-based solutions to reducing crime

Dominique Davis, founder and CEO of Community Passageways, talks about work he is leading to create community-based solutions to prevent crime and alternatives to armed police response for some 911 calls.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal: Federal funding for the future of cities

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal explains how major legislation recently passed by Congress will help local governments address infrastructure, climate change, affordable housing and more. 

Fred Jarrett: Holding Government Accountable

Fred Jarrett, a retired government official with a long career in public service, discusses the importance of setting standards and using metrics to hold government accountable for achieving specific outcomes. He also emphasizes the need to give employees permission to act within a certain scope, hold them accountable for their actions, and grant them the necessary authority to achieve their goals.

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa: The critical role of the Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle Commissioner Toshiko Grace Hasegawa talks about the surprisingly large role the port plays in day-to-day life in Seattle, strategies to address climate change, and ending taxes on menstrual products. 

About the host

Andrew J. Lewis currently serves as the Seattle City Councilmember for District 7. He is a fifth generation Washingtonian and was born and raised in Seattle. The son of a heavy equipment operator for Seattle City Light and a nurse at Harborview, Lewis believes that Seattle needs to protect, serve, and advocate for all of its citizens.

Before being elected, Councilmember Lewis worked as an assistant city attorney in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. His practice focused on trial litigation, making charging decisions on criminal cases, and diverting low-level offenders to participate in community-based diversions like the Choose 180 Program.

Councilmember Lewis graduated with a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Washington, and holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.