Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess served 10 years at Seattle City Hall as a member of the City Council and as the city’s 55th Mayor. He was first elected city-wide in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. Tim developed the Seattle Retirement Savings Plan for workers without an employer-offered plan, making Seattle the first city in the nation to create such a mandatory plan. Under his leadership, Seattle became the fourth major U.S. city to fully fund the Nurse Family Partnership, a home visitation program for low-income families that The New York Times calls America’s best anti-poverty program. Tim led the effort in 2011 to double the size of the city’s Families and Education Levy so school-based health clinics could be located in every middle school and high school. He was the lead architect of the Seattle Preschool Program for the city’s three-and four-year old children, the only municipal government facilitated preschool program in the country to meet all 10 national quality standards. In his time at City Hall, he was a consistent and staunch advocate for criminal justice and police reform, economic growth policies, and tourism promotion.