Mayor Bruce Harrell appoints Greg Wong Deputy Mayor for External Relations

Seattle –Mayor Bruce Harrell today announced that Greg Wong will serve as Seattle’s deputy mayor for external relations. Wong joins the mayor’s office from the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) where he has served as acting director since Mayor Harrell appointed him to the position in February.

“Greg’s work building connections across the city at the Neighborhoods Department, along with his extensive professional record of stakeholder engagement, demonstrates the skilled leadership we need to work with communities and create A Seattle“, said Mayor Harrell. “Greg understands that progress for Seattle requires fostering authentic relationships with the people and organizations that make this city special – residents and community leaders, businesses and nonprofits, cultural associations and community groups. Greg will ensure that our administration is a reliable and effective partner in expanding opportunities for all and making Seattle a safe and prosperous city.

As deputy mayor, Wong will work with a portfolio of city departments dedicated to serving the needs of residents and lead the external affairs team in the mayor’s office, ensuring there is an open door for members from the community share their priorities and ideas with the mayor’s office. He will lead local and regional collaboration on mayoral priorities around public-private initiatives and cultural events, while focusing on expanding access to jobs, workforce development and pathways to economic success.

“I am honored to take on this role and help advance Mayor Harrell’s forward-looking agenda for Seattle,” says Wong. “Although my time at the Department of Neighborhoods was short, we have developed a foundation that I am excited to continue through thoughtful community and external collaborations. With strong, sincere and committed partnerships, I know we can achieve more for each other and make real progress on our sharing. A Seattle vision.”

Wong joins the mayor’s office after Deputy Mayor Kendee Yamaguchi resigned last week. “Kendee Yamaguchi was instrumental in our transition to the office and in our early efforts to build sincere and lasting relationships with local stakeholders, organizations and leaders,” said Mayor Harrell. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

Wong officially joins the mayor’s office today. Deputy Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, Sarah Morningstar, will act as interim director while the search for the next permanent head of the department is underway.

ABOUT GREG WONG

Greg Wong is Seattle’s Deputy Mayor for Foreign Relations. In February, Mayor Bruce Harrell named Wong acting director of the Seattle Neighborhoods Department. He is experienced in dealing with a wide range of complex issues that impact our lives. Prior to joining the City, he was a community leader and partner at Pacifica Law Group LLP, where he focused on constitutional law, litigation and appeals, and public policy. His work included preventing gun violence, ensuring investments in our people and public services, creating more just and equitable economic and education systems, and many other issues.

Greg Wong is Seattle’s Deputy Mayor for Foreign Relations. In February, Mayor Bruce Harrell named Wong acting director of the Seattle Neighborhoods Department. He is experienced in dealing with a wide range of complex issues that impact our lives. Prior to joining the City, he was a community leader and partner at Pacifica Law Group LLP, where he focused on constitutional law, litigation and appeals, and public policy. His work included preventing gun violence, ensuring investments in our people and public services, creating more just and equitable economic and education systems, and many other issues.

A recipient of the Seattle Council PTSA’s Golden Acorn Award and Seattle Public School’s Citizen Service Award, Wong has led school levy campaigns, helped establish the city’s high-quality, affordable preschool program, and served on the board of directors of several non-profit community organizations. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked locally in homeless and affordable housing services, was an eighth-grade science teacher in the Mississippi Delta, and coordinated a tutoring center for children living in public housing.

Born and raised in Seattle, he has a deep love for the city’s unique neighborhoods and a deep belief in the ability of Seattleians to create vibrant, prosperous, and safe communities for all. Wong lives in southeast Seattle with his wife and children.

Shirlene J. Manley