About eric

 Since 2003, Eric’s children have attended Seattle Public Schools. In that time, he has actively participated in their education, both directly and indirectly. He has volunteered in classrooms, sat on PTA and PTO boards, and served on District advisory committees. He has spoken out against school closures, in favor of funding our elementary counselors, and for moving waitlists at our schools.

Eric is passionate about issues surrounding school enrollment and assignment boundaries. He has worked with community groups and served on district advisory committees since 2009, when the New Student Assignment Plan first drew new boundaries for Seattle schools. In that work, Eric saw the value of community feedback and bringing the broader community into the discussion. Local knowledge is absolutely critical in making fully informed decisions.

Eric attended public elementary schools in Bellevue, WA, then moved abroad with his parents as they pursued careers in international development. He lived in Pakistan, Ghana, and Switzerland before returning to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Eric is a registered professional engineer and works in a small company designing working boats. He specializes in analyzing complex data sets and quickly evaluating the feasibility of proposed options.

Eric lives in Ballard with his family. He has two children, age 21 and 16, who attend the University of Washington and Ingraham High School.

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Eric has worked with many community organizations, including:

Friends of Ingraham: Vice President, Advocacy Chair; Ingraham Rocketry Club: Parent mentor; Loyal Heights PTA: Legislative Chair, honored with Golden Acorn Award; SPS High Schools Boundaries Task Force; SPS Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee; Schools First: Speaker’s bureau for BEX V and Operations levies; and No on I-1240: Speaker’s bureau against charter school initiative.

To reach out to Eric, e-mail: eric@ericblumhagen.com.