Term of Office
Four year term, Position #3
Appointed Mayor Pro Tem, February 14, 2012
How to Contact
Mail: Olympia City Council
PO Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
Phone: 360.753.8447 (City Council office)
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Nathaniel attended graduate school with a focus on community and regional planning. He served as the Development Director for a community action program in the Midwest, helping small agricultural towns in significant decline. From there, he went to work in regional transportation planning and public transit. His career in transit spanned nearly twenty-five years in Lincoln, Nebraska, San Antonio, Texas, and finally Tacoma.
It was in 1991 that Nathaniel and his wife, Kathleen, along with their two daughters made the good decision to become a part of the Olympia community. Kathleen works at Group Health as a Certified Nurse Midwife and has delivered more than 1,400 babies in our community. Nathaniel has kept active through the Thurston County Democrats, and serving on the boards of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist church, and South Sound Habitat for Humanity.
During his thirteen years working for Pierce Transit, he helped bring Sound Transit to Tacoma and dramatically expanded public transportation services in the urban areas of Pierce County.
In 2005, he began work with General Administration in Olympia helping manage the state Capitol Campus. He completed construction of Heritage Park, the Law Enforcement Memorial, and several major infrastructure projects. His work has included serving as staff support to the Capitol Lake Steering Committee -- a committee of nine state and local entities with widely divergent views on how to manage the lake basin.
Nathaniel believes that Olympia is an exceptional place. The natural beauty found here is a source of wonder and renewal. Our people are bright, engaged, and motivated to make a positive difference in the world. In Olympia, his family found a supportive and healthy environment in which to raise children, pursue meaningful work, and connect with the broader community.
2012 Council/Intergovernmental Assignments
- Mayor Pro Tem
- Finance Committee
- Intercity Transit Board
- Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee
- Thurston Regional Planning Council