Thursday, April 19, 2007 -- West Seattle community and business leader Steve Sundquist today announced he will run for the Seattle School Board and established his campaign for Seattle School Director, District 6.
“I believe every Seattle child deserves a quality education and the opportunity to succeed,” said Sundquist in his announcement. “We're incredibly fortunate to live in a city that strongly supports our public schools,” added Sundquist, citing the overwhelming support for the recent Operations Levy and Capital Bond.
“But it's clear, parents and the public have increasingly lost confidence in the School Board and its leadership,” continued Sundquist. “It's time for effective, new leadership. It's time to come together to bring strategic focus, a strong academic program for all schools, team play, and long-term fiscal health and accountability to the District. That's why I'm running.”
Among other senior positions, Sundquist served as Managing Director of National Accounts, and Chief Information Officer, for Russell Investment Group, a global leader in providing investment strategies and solutions for individual and institutional investors. As Managing Director, he had responsibility for all national accounts in the individual investor services division, and as CIO he reported to Russell's CEO and served on the Operating Committee, Russell's top management body, overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, over 300 employees and consultants, and all IT services. Sundquist received the Leadership Award, Russell's highest recognition of leadership achievement.
“Steve is just who we need on the School Board right now,” said Lisa Macfarlane, Seattle education leader. “Steve brings a passion for quality schools, a record of community service, and most importantly, strong leadership and effective management. His level of experience and leadership is especially needed now, during this critical period of transition for the District.”
After a successful 21+ year career at Russell, Sundquist retired in 2005. Today, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Climate Solutions, Washington's leading global warming research and advocacy organization. He is also Director of ONE/Northwest, a non-profit that helps environmental organizations influence critical decisions through the strategic use of IT-based tools and strategies for communicating and building relationships.
“I'm at a place in my life where I'm committed to devoting time and energy to my passions, and quality education for all our kids is a top priority for me,” said Sundquist. “My wife Liann and I have been inspired by the dedicated teachers and education our children have received as we've followed them through Pathfinder Elementary, Salmon Bay and now Chief Sealth High School. I look forward to meeting voters and earning their trust, so I can provide my experience and leadership on their behalf to Seattle schools that are continuing to help my own children realize their unique potential.”
Sundquist is a devoted advocate for quality education in Seattle. As a volunteer, he collaborated with local community leaders to help establish the International Baccalaureate program at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School. The program offers international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. As a member of Seattle Rotary, Sundquist recently worked with a team that delivered a program to build awareness of landmines and unexploded ordnance to students at Ballard High School.
In addition, Sundquist is a Lead Partner with Social Venture Partners, a Seattle-based community of social investors dedicated to addressing social, educational, and environmental issues in the Puget Sound region. Sundquist also serves on the Honors College Advisory Board for Washington State University, his alma mater, and as a Trustee for the WSU Foundation.
Sundquist graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University and received his M.B.A. in Information Systems and Finance from the University of Chicago. He is currently the Vice Moderator for Fauntleroy Church, UCC. Sundquist is a Democrat, and is a 17-year resident of West Seattle with his wife and two daughters, both of whom will attend Seattle's Chief Sealth High School in the fall.
The Seattle School District has seven districts. A majority of the School Director positions are on the ballot this fall - Districts 1, 2, 3 and 6. Voters within each District will select the top two candidates in the August 21st non-partisan primary this summer. All Seattle voters will select their choice in each of the four School Director races on the November 6th ballot.