Staff Biography

Owen Pickford

Founder and Former Executive Director

Owen Pickford does servicing and consulting for a software company to pay the bills. He spends the majority of his free time learning and writing about urban policy. Owen started grassroots advocacy in 2004, organizing over 400 volunteers in three counties for a presidential campaign. Since then he’s continued volunteering for political organizations, cycling and transit groups. Owen primarily wrote about housing issues. He founded The Urbanist and served as executive director through 2019.

Recent Articles

Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Mt. Rainier in the background.

High Speed Rail Is a Solution for Terrible Airlines

The winter holidays gifted Seattle thousands of cancelled flights, likely affecting over 100,000 travellers. Today, weeks later, people are feeling the impacts as airlines try to work through the backlog. I can relate. I’ve...
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Spring 2021 Subscriber Drive Financial Update

Last year, The Urbanist started paying an Executive Director for the first time since its founding. The new director started in December 2019 and spent most of last year learning the ropes of fundraising,...
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Zack Hudgins Questionnaire – State House District 11, Position 1

The Urbanist Elections Committee invited candidates in the Seattle metropolitan region to fill out our questionnaire and participate in our endorsement process. We based our endorsement decisions on the responses and follow-up interviews. Below is the response...
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T’wina Nobles 2020 Endorsement Questionnaire – State Senate District 28

The Urbanist Elections Committee invited candidates in the Seattle metropolitan region to fill out our questionnaire and participate in our endorsement process. We based our endorsement decisions on the responses and follow-up interviews. Below is the response...
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Jessica Bateman 2020 Questionnaire – State House District 22, Position 2

The Urbanist Elections Committee invited candidates in the Seattle metropolitan region to fill out our questionnaire and participate in our endorsement process. We based our endorsement decisions on the responses and follow-up interviews. Below is the response...