October 23, 2019

EMPA Alum Randy Engstrom receives the 2019 NASPAA Alumni Award

For his outstanding achievement in public service, Randy Engstrom (Executive MPA 2009) was honored with the 2019 NASPAA Alumni Award! This is the first time an Evans School alum has won this prestigious award. Congratulations, Randy!

As Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) for the past six years, Randy has been instrumental in promoting the creative ecology of the city. Serving under three different mayors, he has led ARTS through many innovative developments in public art programming, new programs and policies in arts education, and racial equity through the arts.

His long list of accolades include, but are not limited to leading: the opening of ARTS at King Street Station – a space that creates more opportunities for people of color to produce and present their work; ARTISTS UP, a program that serves marginalized and underrepresented artists in Washington State; and a robust grant program that invests in the local arts and cultural community.

Here at the Evans School, we are so proud of Randy’s commitment to serving the public good. The tremendous initiatives he has brought forth in the City of Seattle have made a true difference in the lives of Seattleites – and beyond.

See his NASPAA video here!