Eric Pettigrew 37th LD
Co-sponsor of the bill to allow transformation zones and public charter schools in the 2012 legislative session, Pettigrew says that he feels strongly about education because of the pivotal role that strong teachers had in his youth. He's fought for low-income residents, and successfully secured $3.7 million as part of an anti-gang initiative that increases services for hundreds of at-risk youth.
Eric grew up in LA and has lived in Seattle for the past 23 years with his wife and two children. He has a BS from Oregon State University and a Master's in Social Work and Business Adminstration from the University of Washington.
He currently works as a Manager at Safeco Insurance. He is the former Executive Director of the University of Washington Minority Youth Health Project, and previously served as Director of Emergency Management for the City of Seattle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for Mayor Norm Rice, and at Child Protective Services.
He is also a member of the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club.