Hometown: Bremerton, WA
Focus: Metropolitan and Urban Policy; Public Leadership
Bio: Hi there, I’m Mitch. Growing up in Puget Sound suburbia, many of the stereotypes of the region ring true for me. I’m an avid cyclist living car free in Seattle for 8 years, I love craft beer, and prior to Evans I worked in marketing at a local tech startup. I’m a huge sports fan, with season tickets to our local soccer team, the Seattle Sounders, and of course Husky Football. I went to UW for my undergrad degree in Political Science, and after 3 years in the tech sector working for an organization that didn’t share my values, I couldn’t resist coming back for an MPA. I am passionate about improving access to equitable and sustainable transportation. I currently work for the Seattle Department of Transportation on the finance team assisting with budgeting and reporting. I am particularly interested in helping solve the “final mile” issue that plague transportation networks and how to create realistic solutions for everyday americans to be less dependent on the almighty automobile.
Why did you choose Evans? Evans has such a great blend of quantitative and qualitative skills, I knew that I would be able to open a wide range of doors after graduating. I loved the size of the program, while Evans is big, that brings with it many resources and a large local alumni network. I intend to stay in the Seattle area post graduation, and it makes networking and career planning so much easier to go to school in the job market you want to be in long term.
Ask me about: Transportation, Urban Planning, Built Environments, Zoning/Land Use, Affordable Housing, Gentrification, Public Finance, Seattle Politics, 2020 presidential primary, Soccer, Bicycle Touring, Podcasts, Best Seattle Breweries.