We’re thrilled to announce that as of mid-November, the former head of the MLK County Labor Council, Nicole Grant, will be our new Executive Director.

Nicole brings terrific experience, smarts, and energy to this role. The strategic grounding and practical knowledge she’s gained in her 20 years in the labor movement will be a tremendous asset to everything we do, but especially to our Green New Deal work. In her time at MLKCLC, she led a transition that helped to make the organization far more focused on racial, gender, and climate justice, while also invigorating its commitments to the need for working people to have a “great life in greater Seattle”. Several of us at 350 Seattle have had the pleasure of working with Nicole in shared struggles for justice around transportation, housing, and Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.

Nicole is a journeyman electrician with IBEW 46, where she also served as the Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington. She holds an electrical engineering degree from George Brown College in Toronto and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Politics, Economy, and Law.

“The chance to make Seattle the greenest Green New Deal city in the nation while creating thousands of union jobs in electrification and other climate conscious infrastructure is irresistible,” she says. “My hope is that unions and organizations focused on climate and racial justice will continue to work together as often as possible to make our world a better place for everyone, and to secure the environmental justice our communities need to thrive into the future.”

Nicole will start in mid-November. We look forward to working with all of you to keep building the strategic and inspired power that we need!