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About Andre



  • Occupation: Senior Consultant for Matisia Consultants in Seattle
  • Expertise: Lean Process Improvement including experience on process and policy improvement in city, county and state agencies such as the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care, South Carolina Department of Social Services and Department of Health and Human Services, San Mateo Human Services Agency 
  • BA from The Evergreen State College with a focus on Technology and Community Systems
  • Veteran of the United States Navy
  • Seattle resident for 26 years and Central Area resident for 18 years
  • Two children in Seattle Public Schools since 2008; A third starting this fall
  • Participated in school PTAs, coached chess for Leschi Elementary, and volunteer mentor at the King County Youth Detention Center
  • Previously active in the 2008-2009 parent organizing and protest of Seattle Public Schools school closures
  • Precinct Committee Officer for the 37th District Democrats in 2010: Primarily supported the election process by walking my neighborhood and sharing candidate and initiative information.


I moved to Seattle twenty-six years ago after spending six years in the U.S. Navy. I have lived in the Central Area for the past 18 years. I am the father of three children, the youngest starting kindergarten this fall.

I have been an active member of the community, participating in community organizations such as the Squire Park Community Council and the Central Area Development Association, mentoring youth at the King County Juvenile Detention Center, coaching kindergarten chess, and volunteering with school PTSAs. In 2008, along with other parents, teachers and community members, I fought to keep schools from closing, for better support for teachers and to keep great programs in the Central Area neighborhood schools. In 2009, I ran for the district 5 School Board seat in hopes of making some of those changes.

Since 2009, I have focused on making sure my kids have had good outcomes in their schools while working across the country facilitating continuous improvement efforts and Lean management systems in city, county, and state government service agencies.

Currently I am working as a Senior Consultant in Seattle and hope to bring expertise in strategic planning, facilitation, and Lean process improvement to Seattle Public Schools.  If elected to the School Board, my goal is to ensure that all of our focus is on operational excellence, and creating an inclusive and engaging educational experience for all Seattle public school students.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my campaign.

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