Dorothy Bullitt was born and raised in Seattle. After attending inner city public schools, she received a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in History and English from the University of Washington, a law degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program.
Dorothy has had careers in business, government, and the not-for-profit sectors. Before joining the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance as a Distinguished Practitioner and Senior Lecturer, she served as the CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harbor Properties, Inc. in charge of its recreational, property management and video-cable businesses; and as an Assistant State Attorney General. She also ran a management consulting business and published two best-selling books, Filling the Void and Addicted to Danger, the latter co-authored with Jim Wickwire. Dorothy was the Executive Producer of the 2013 feature film, Nothing Against Life http://nothingagainstlife.com/.
Long involved in community service, Dorothy served as President of Seattle Rotary, largest of the world’s 30,000 clubs, and as Treasurer of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. She chaired Washington’s Rhodes Scholar selection committee, the UNITY Project, and the Washington State Public Lands Advisory Committee (which advised the Department of Natural Resources); and co-chaired the Lyon Building Capital Campaign, which funded permanent housing for mentally ill, homeless substance abusers living with AIDS. She served on the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the boards of the Downtown Seattle Association, the Rotary Club of Seattle, U.P.S. (now Seattle University) Law School, The Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program, AIDS Housing of Washington, the Market Foundation and the Bullitt Foundation. She is the Faculty Fellow of the UW Chapter of the Sig Ep Fraternity.
Dorothy’s leadership awards include: Women of the Century (an honor shared with family members) from the Women’s University Club (2014); the Evans School’s Diversity Award (2010, 2011); Woman of Influence (2005) from the Puget Sound Business Journal; Woman of Distinction 2002, from the Girl Scouts Totem Council; Outstanding Community Leadership Award for 2002, from the UW Business School; First Citizen of Seattle (an honor shared with four family members) in 2000, from the Seattle King County Association of Realtors; Violence Prevention Inspiration Award in 1994, from Providence Hospital and the City of Seattle; and the Outstanding Leadership in the Community Award in 1993, from The YMCA of Greater Seattle. In 2000 Seafair honored Dorothy for her leadership by naming here Queen Alcyone I.
In 2011 Dorothy was awarded the Evans School Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2015 she was a finalist for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
- Filling The Void, published by Rawson Associates, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 1995
- Addicted to Danger: A Memoir About Affirming Life in the Face of Death, co-authored with its subject, Jim Wickwire, published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, 1998
- PBAF 403: Professional Leadership
- PBAF 503: Executive Leadership
- Selected course syllabi