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Evan Briggs

Evan Briggs

PO BOX 9100


(206) 229-7760

Education: MFA in Documentary Film and Video, Stanford University; BA in Literature, Duke University
Occupation: documentary filmmaker

At its best, education opens doors and unlocks potential. Yet in a city of abundant resources, we face persistent opportunity gaps that are among the worst in our nation. Essential to the project of systemic change is a commitment to centering families furthest from educational justice. As the parent of three SPS students, one of my core beliefs is that we advocate most effectively for our own children when we advocate for all children. I’m running for school board because I believe every child in this city is entitled to a high quality education- defined by rigor, relevance and relationships- no matter what neighborhood they live in. 


In order to effectively address disparities in our schools we must align our district to focus on student outcomes, so that every child in this city receives the education they deserve. A system that is responsive to the needs of kids is, by definition, an equitable system. My top priorities include: 1) addressing the youth mental health crisis by increasing the number of trained mental health professionals in buildings, promoting mental health awareness and destigmatization, and using our schools as hubs to connect students and their families to wrap around services, 2) fostering transparency and responsible financial management through increased community engagement, seeking input from parents, educators, and community members to ensure that our financial decisions align with the needs and priorities of our diverse community, and 3) expanding equitable access to advanced learning opportunities for all students.


I chose a career in filmmaking because I believe stories shape how we see and understand the world. They have the power to transform. Together, let’s create a new story about education in Seattle.


Endorsed by: The Stranger, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, Sen. David Frockt (former), Seattle School Board President Brandon Hersey and more.

Ben Gitenstein

Ben Gitenstein

PO BOX 15909


(206) 294-5987

Education: MBA, University of Washington, Bachelors in Arts, Middlebury College
Occupation: Product, Google Cloud; previously Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Seattle is a progressive, educated, and innovative city, but our Public Schools are facing a crisis: declining enrollment, budget instability, and widening gaps in equity and outcomes. I’m running for School Board because I believe that we can meet this challenge and build great schools for all families. 


I’ve called Seattle home for 20 years– fighting for housing affordability as the Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and working at leading technology companies. I’m a proud SPS parent. I have been endorsed by the Seattle Times, the 32nd Legislative District Democrats, former Seattle School Board members, and SPS parents looking for change. 


We need systemic change to address urgent needs. After a student died from gun violence at Ingraham High School there was little to no response. The Board and District intend to close neighborhood schools and have ended vital enrichment programs. Students furthest from educational justice are, using the District’s own measures, worse off than they were in 2019. Budget concerns are a result of a fundamentally unsound financial footing. As a result, many parents who can are leaving for private schools.


We deserve a School Board that takes gun violence seriously. We deserve a Board that fights to keep neighborhood schools open and offer programs that draw students in. We deserve a Board that does more than talk about improving outcomes for kids most in need of help, but insists on results. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe that bringing in new voices is the first step to getting back on the right track. 


In their endorsement, the Seattle Times noted my “willingness to speak truth to power and dive into the details.”  With your vote I’ll be a strong, unwavering voice for accountability, results, and more importantly- our kids.

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