About Councilmember Alex Pedersen

Councilmember Alex Pedersen

Council district: 4
In office since: 2019
Current term: November 2019 - December 2023

Councilmember Alex Pedersen has been working on community development, affordable housing, and fiscal accountability issues during the past 25 years.  Alex has extensive public service and private sector experience combined with a deep knowledge of District 4, where he was elected in November 2019 to represent over 100,000 residents. 

Alex earned a Master of Government Administration in 1994, focusing on budgeting, accounting, finance, and public sector management.  Alex then served as a Presidential Management Fellow during the Clinton Administration, working  on homelessness and community development programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Alex's career also includes 15 years in the private sector as a manager of financial analysts to fund the preservation, renovation, or construction of over 30,000 units of affordable housing across the country. Alex previously served as City Council Legislative Aide to Tim Burgess during the pivotal time when Burgess chaired the Budget Committee, ran for Mayor, and then led the City Council as President. As a Legislative Aide, Alex was integral in

  • crafting the original resolution and plan (#31478) that became the popular high-quality Seattle Preschool Program enacted by voters in 2014.
  • drafting and presented the budget amendment enabling Seattle to become 4th city in nation to fully fund Nurse Family Partnership, the evidence-based program that empowers low-income moms and their infants.
  • leading the effort to fund innovative research with the University of Washington to improve gun safety.
  • developing performance measures which encouraged new programs to produce results.

Alex has remained involved in the many neighborhoods of District 4 for several years by attending the volunteer community councils and highlighting the priorities of residents and small businesses in the area. Alex and his wife have been raising their two children in Northeast Seattle for over a decade and his wife was born and raised here in the Emerald City.  They live where the neighborhoods of Ravenna and the University District intersect. When he's not at City Hall, Alex enjoys connecting with residents in the 20 neighborhoods of District 4:  Bryant, Belvedere Terrace, Cowen Park, Eastlake, East Fremont, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Magnuson Park, Maple Leaf, Ravenna, Ravenna Springs, Roosevelt, Sand Point, the U District, University Park, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood, and Windermere.  District 4 is also home to vibrant small business districts, three light rail stations, and the world-class University of Washington.