Sunset falls upon Lake Union and Downtown Seattle as seen from Gas Works Park. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Do you think that cities provide unique opportunities for addressing society’s difficult problems from the climate emergency to the housing affordability dilemma? Do you want to help a young scrappy organization grow and become more sustainable and effective? Do you have a commitment to anti-racism and a strong desire to center equity? If so, you could be one of our new board members! The Urbanist is looking for new members to join its board of directors. 

The Urbanist is a Puget Sound regional publication and advocacy organization seeking to examine and influence urban policies. We believe that cities provide unique opportunities for addressing society’s most difficult problems, from the climate emergency to the housing affordability dilemma to the pedestrian safety crisis. Through our publication, events, and advocacy, we strive to identify solutions and advocate for them together.

Over the last few years, and thanks to the support of generous donors, we have been able to transform from a volunteer and Seattle-centric operation to an organization that employs an executive director and a managing editor, pays for an increasing amount of the reporting we publish, and has expanded coverage to more of the Puget Sound region. We hope to sustain and build upon this while expanding our education and advocacy programs. 

The board will play a key role in making this happen and shaping the organization’s future. This is a great opportunity to help a nonprofit reach its potential, to learn about how a small organization works and grows, and to have a positive impact on our growing region. 

The board of directors is seeking new members who are:

  • Enthusiastic about The Urbanist’s focus on progressive urban policy making, such as multimodal transportation, providing greater housing of all types for all our region’s people, and building a more inclusive and sustainable region.
  • Dedicated to practicing anti-racism in organizational decision making.
  • Interested in journalism, policy, or advocacy

We are especially interested in candidates who:

  • Reside in the Puget Sound region.
  • Come from diverse backgrounds, particularly from communities historically marginalized by city and local government policy.
  • Have experience in fundraising, accounting, event planning, 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 nonprofits, or journalism.

Students, women, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and LGTBQ+ people are encouraged to apply.

If this sounds interesting please contact us at volunteer [at]

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The Urbanist was founded in 2014 to examine and influence urban policies. We believe cities provide unique opportunities for addressing many of the most challenging social, environmental, and economic problems. We serve as a resource for disseminating ideas, creating community, increasing political participation, and improving the places we live. The Board of Directors guide policy and decision-making of The Urbanist.