Staff Bios

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Alberta Bleck

Legislative Aide

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Alberta.Bleck@seattle.gov

Alberta Bleck was born and raised in Seattle, and brings a community-based orientation to her work in Councilmember Bagshaw's office. Previous to joining Councilmember Bagshaw's staff, Alberta attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and provided administrative support to a number of Seattle and Portland-area law firms. As a History major she studied issues relating to race and ethnicity, environmentalism, and women's history. Her thesis was entitled, "By Right of Discovery: An American Indian Land Rights Struggle in 20th Century Seattle," documenting the creation of Discovery Park, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, and the emergence of the urban Indian movement in the late 1960s.

Alberta grew up in Seattle's District 7 and is a proud resident of the Uptown neighborhood. She is an avid walker, and relishes the opportunity to learn from the city as it grows and evolves.

Brian Chu

Brian Chu

Legislative Aide

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Brian.Chu@seattle.gov

Born in New York City, Brian's family moved to Seattle when he was 8, and he has called Seattle home ever since. Majoring in Japanese Literature at Carleton College, he spent four years in Japan as a Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, where he cemented his passion for cultural exchange, bridge building and amazing Japanese cuisine. Following completion of an M.A. in International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Brian launched into a career of cultural and educational programming, international marketing, and community development in Seattle, most recently with the Yesler Community Collaborative (YCC). Brian is a board member of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, is fluent in Japanese, and a professional photographer who specializes in sports and lifestyle photography. He is excited to support Councilmember Bagshaw's work and District 7!

Alyson McLean

Alyson McLean

Legislative Aide

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Alyson.McLean@seattle.gov

Alyson is a Puget Sound native from Vashon Island. She attended the University of Washington, first for her undergraduate degree majoring in International Studies and Human Rights and then returned to receive her Masters Degree in Public Administration. In the 4th grade Alyson was voted most likely to be a politician, and she's followed her destiny to work on four campaigns including President Obama's 2008 and Senator Patty Murray's 2010 campaigns. After a small stint in DC working at the National Democratic Institute working on international political party development, devouring macaroons and melting in the heat, Alyson decided to shift her focus to working on local human rights in the city she loves most; Seattle. She is passionate about homelessness and youth policy. Alyson enjoys road trips, tacos, crafting, thrifting and making mixed CDs. She is excited to work on communications, outreach and human service issues on Councilmember Bagshaw's team.

Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss

Legislative Aide

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Daniel.Strauss@seattle.gov

Born and raised in Ballard, Dan has lived and traveled in 36 states across the country. He served in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps for two years in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA respectively. Dan attended Whittier College majoring in Political Science and received his Master Degree in Public Administration and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. He has worked in the Oregon House of Representatives, the Washington State Senate, and several nonprofit organizations. In his free time, Dan enjoys mountaineering, building hiking trails in the San Juan Islands, and kayaking throughout Seattle. He is excited to work on Parks, Planning & Land Use, Transportation, Utilities, New Americans & Civil Rights, Arts, and Equity & Education issues on Councilmember Bagshaw's team.