Alex Pedersen is running for City Council to bring your voice to City Hall and accountability to our city government. Alex is a community leader in Northeast Seattle and the only candidate who combines the fiscal rigor of the private sector with practical experience and results in Seattle government.

EXPERIENCE

Alex has been working on community development, affordable housing, and fiscal accountability issues during the past 25 years in both the public and private sectors.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Alex 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.

  • Alex crafted the original resolution and plan (#31478) that became the popular high-quality Seattle Preschool Program enacted by voters in 2014.
  • Alex crafted 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.
  • Alex led the effort to fund innovative research with the University of Washington to improve gun safety.
  • Alex worked through three city budget seasons while Burgess chaired the Budget Committee and crafted amendments to benefit the people of Seattle as the city lifted itself out of the Great Recession.
  • Alex crafted performance measures to ensure additions to the budget delivered results.

Alex earned his Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied budgeting, accounting, finance, and public sector management.

AFFORDABILITY

Alex’s career includes over 15 years in the private sector as a senior analyst and manager for financial institutions that innovatively fund affordable housing where he has:

  • evaluated and closed over $2 billion in construction and permanent financing for affordable multifamily housing and mixed-use projects with over 30,000 housing units throughout the country.
  • examined firsthand the best practices used by other communities throughout the nation to ensure affordability.

Alex worked for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in our nation’s capital during the Clinton Administration.

To support the neighborhoods near his family’s home, Alex has volunteered for a local nonprofit that empowers homeless youth (YouthCare).

COMMUNITY

Alex has been researching and writing for the neighborhood newsletter www.4toExplore.org, which he founded in 2013 to bring needed attention to the community issues and neighborhood businesses of Northeast Seattle.

While working as a Legislative Aide at City Council, one of Alex’s key roles was attending all the community council meetings throughout Seattle and responding to mail and phone calls from constituents.

Alex and his wife are raising their two children in the Northeast Seattle neighborhood they’ve called home for over a decade and his wife was born and raised here in Seattle.  They live where the neighborhoods of Ravenna, Roosevelt and the U District intersect near festive Candy Cane Lane. They enjoy hanging out in Bryant, Eastlake, Wallingford, Wedgwood, and the many other neighborhoods of District 4.

Alex Pedersen served me incredibly well as my policy aide at the Seattle City Council, including his effective work on the city budget, affordable housing, and early childhood education / preschool. Alex is smart, engaged, and well-informed about issues facing our communities. He knows how to get things done.