Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Bruce Harrell and his family have been committed to community service in this region for over three decades. As an attorney and community volunteer, Bruce is known for his ability to create high performing teams and for resolving conflict. He has extensive experience in technology, strategic thinking and conflict management. Bruce began his public service in 1979 working for the Seattle City Council under Council President Paul Kraabel.
Bruce attended K-12 in Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Garfield High. He played football for the University of Washington (1978 Rose Bowl Champion, 1979 Sun Bowl Champion, 1st Team Academic All American and All Pac-10) and was subsequently elected to the UW Alumni Board of Trustees. He received the 2007 University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Award in Political Science and 2008 Husky Legend award.
In 1984 Bruce graduated from UW's law school and has served in a variety of leadership roles, representing kids and seniors, union members, non-profits, affordable housing companies and working as a senior attorney for technology and telecommunication companies. Bruce has consistently protected the rights of people; always advocating for fairness, respect and civility. Bruce served as chief legal advisor to the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, chief legal advisor to the First A.M.E. Church and First A.M.E. Housing Corporation, and Chief Counsel to U S WEST.
In 2007, Bruce was elected to the City Council emerging from a field of five candidates who ran for the open seat vacated by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. In 2011, Councilmember Harrell was overwhelmingly re-elected by the great people of Seattle. Bruce chairs the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, serves as vice chair of the Transportation Committee and serves as a member of the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee. He also sits on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board, chairs Performance First, a partnership to support minority-owned businesses, and is the Northwest Regional Director for the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council.
Bruce is married to Joanne Harrell and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Regents for the UW. Joanne also sits on the Board of AAA of Washington, the Board of REI, and was previously the President and CEO of United Way of King County. They are raising their family in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. They enjoy the outdoors with their children, fishing, swimming and exercising.