meet tracy

My wife, Justine, and I have lived in Lake Forest Park for 17 years. The LFP culture of valuing our streams and tree canopy, natural water supply, and an involved and active citizenry is what drew us to live here. I am running for LFP city council to continue these values.

Lake Forest Park faces challenges that require a Council with diverse abilities and experiences. Mitigating climate change is now crucial. We need to find new ways that allow for healthy growth without increasing our carbon footprint.

The changes we make ought to impact everyone equitably and fairly. As part of an overall climate solutions strategy, our streets, walkways and connections must be safe and accessible. We also need to create affordable housing to become an inclusive community so everyone can call LFP home.

I have the experience and passion for representing the voices of our residents and will work hard to do so in Council Position 5.

– Tracy

Best Choice for LFP

With all the changes that have been proposed in Lake Forest Park, the need for clear representation and communication with the community, along with long-range critical thinking abilities, is imperative to continue to keep Lake Forest Park’s culture intact and move us into a sustainable future.

Tracy Furutani is by far the best choice for City Council to address the challenges we face while respecting and preserving what makes Lake Forest Park unique.

climate - equity - accessibility

The next City Council will decide how we approach climate change in our city, reduce our carbon footprint, and help ensure the impacts are equitable for all.

Tracy is a community asset

TeacherTaught college-level climate science for over a decade
CommunicatorWrites on LFP city politics for the Shoreline Area News
LeaderPast small business owner; on the Board of Shorelake Arts
FacilitatorEmceed the Town Hall on Building Climate Resiliency
MentorHelp students gain certification in rocketry club
EcologistStream monitor for LFP StreamKeepers
VolunteerLake Forest Park Water District, Shoreline schools, pulling ivy
ScientistPhD in Geological Sciences, Fulbright Scholar

Background and Experiences

Scientist by education, Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and an MS in Chemistry from Stanford. He is an educator by trade, having taught at North Seattle College for the last 25 years as a science educator teaching about climate change. As a leader, Tracy is a past small-business owner and has been an officer of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789.

Administrative Experience

Secretary, Board of Directors, Shorelake Arts
10/20 – present
Serving on finance and governance committees for a half-million dollar annual budget organization. Ran elections for board officers, recorded minutes. Co-authored draft of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy for the organization’s staff and grant awardees.

Co-grievance Officer, North Seattle College Faculty Senate
9/19 – present
Investigate and resolve grievances brought by faculty members. Requires thorough knowledge of the faculty collective bargaining agreement.

Negotiations Chair and Team Co-lead, American Federation of Teachers, Seattle, Local 1789
9/15 ­– 6/17
Led a team of six faculty union representatives to negotiate with the administration of Seattle Colleges and to convince the local membership to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, winning concessions worth $2.3 million.

Principal Investigator, Summer Science Program
9/14 – 9/15
Led a team of three researchers and three program testers in the development of a six-week, residential ocean microorganism metagenomics project in Seattle for science and math-oriented high school students. Delivered a set of protocols for sampling ocean water, isolating organismal DNA, and using computational methods in metagenomics.

Academic Director, Summer Science Program
1/15 – 9/15
Administered the academic portion of the Summer Science Program at UC Boulder, an intensive six-week program for 24 to 36 science and math-oriented high school rising juniors and seniors. Hired and supervised an associate director and four or five teaching assistants. Served on selection committee for student applicants.

Teaching Experience

Instructor (tenured), North Seattle College
9/96 – present
Taught all earth and space sciences, chemistry, and engineering physics courses. Developed curriculum centered around materials science and space science. Developed Integrated Studies course on astrobiology, on minerals and metal arts, on national parks, and on the Apocalypse. Served on many tenure committees, and on the curriculum and academic standards committee, as well as the District faculty shared governance committee.

Volunteering, Awards, Interviews

Emcee, Third Place Commons Town Hall
Earth Day 2021

Database Administrator and Stream Monitor, Lake Forest Park Streamkeepers
Current

Archivist, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
8/15 – 12/17
Organized and inventoried boxes of donated materials relevant to the World War II Japanese incarceration. Classified and cataloged all articles of the Heart Mountain Sentinel to increase accessibility for researchers.

TLC Talks 
2021 Interview
NSC STEM faculty member Tracy Furutani talks about the rocket club, teaching in multiple STEM subject areas, climate justice, and what he hopes to see happen next year as programs explore returning to campus.

meet tracy

My wife, Justine, and I have lived in Lake Forest Park for 17 years. The LFP culture of valuing our streams and tree canopy, natural water supply, and an involved and active citizenry is what drew us to live here. I am running for LFP city council to continue these values.

Lake Forest Park faces challenges that require a Council with diverse abilities and experiences. Mitigating climate change is now crucial. We need to find new ways that allow for healthy growth without increasing our carbon footprint.

The changes we make ought to impact everyone equitably and fairly. As part of an overall climate solutions strategy, our streets, walkways and connections must be safe and accessible. We also need to create affordable housing to become an inclusive community so everyone can call LFP home.

I have the experience and passion for representing the voices of our residents and will work hard to do so in Council Position 5.

– Tracy

Best Choice for LFP

With all the changes that have been proposed in Lake Forest Park, the need for clear representation and communication with the community, along with long-range critical thinking abilities, is imperative to continue to keep Lake Forest Park’s culture intact and move us into a sustainable future.

Tracy Furutani is by far the best choice for City Council to address the challenges we face while respecting and preserving what makes Lake Forest Park unique.

climate - equity - accessibility

The next City Council will decide how we approach climate change in our city, reduce our carbon footprint, and help ensure the impacts are equitable for all.

Tracy is a community asset

TeacherTaught college-level climate science for over a decade
CommunicatorWrites on LFP city politics for the Shoreline Area News
LeaderPast small business owner; on the Board of Shorelake Arts
FacilitatorEmceed the Town Hall on Building Climate Resiliency
MentorHelp students gain certification in rocketry club
EcologistStream monitor for LFP StreamKeepers
VolunteerLake Forest Park Water District, Shoreline schools, pulling ivy
ScientistPhD in Geological Sciences, Fulbright Scholar

Background and Experiences

Scientist by education, Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and an MS in Chemistry from Stanford. He is an educator by trade, having taught at North Seattle College for the last 25 years as a science educator teaching about climate change. As a leader, Tracy is a past small-business owner and has been an officer of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789.

Administrative Experience

Secretary, Board of Directors, Shorelake Arts
10/20 – present
Serving on finance and governance committees for a half-million dollar annual budget organization. Ran elections for board officers, recorded minutes. Co-authored draft of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy for the organization’s staff and grant awardees.

Co-grievance Officer, North Seattle College Faculty Senate
9/19 – present
Investigate and resolve grievances brought by faculty members. Requires thorough knowledge of the faculty collective bargaining agreement.

Negotiations Chair and Team Co-lead, American Federation of Teachers, Seattle, Local 1789
9/15 ­– 6/17
Led a team of six faculty union representatives to negotiate with the administration of Seattle Colleges and to convince the local membership to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, winning concessions worth $2.3 million.

Principal Investigator, Summer Science Program
9/14 – 9/15
Led a team of three researchers and three program testers in the development of a six-week, residential ocean microorganism metagenomics project in Seattle for science and math-oriented high school students. Delivered a set of protocols for sampling ocean water, isolating organismal DNA, and using computational methods in metagenomics.

Academic Director, Summer Science Program
1/15 – 9/15
Administered the academic portion of the Summer Science Program at UC Boulder, an intensive six-week program for 24 to 36 science and math-oriented high school rising juniors and seniors. Hired and supervised an associate director and four or five teaching assistants. Served on selection committee for student applicants.

Teaching Experience

Instructor (tenured), North Seattle College
9/96 – present
Taught all earth and space sciences, chemistry, and engineering physics courses. Developed curriculum centered around materials science and space science. Developed Integrated Studies course on astrobiology, on minerals and metal arts, on national parks, and on the Apocalypse. Served on many tenure committees, and on the curriculum and academic standards committee, as well as the District faculty shared governance committee.

Volunteering, Awards, Interviews

Emcee, Third Place Commons Town Hall
Earth Day 2021

Database Administrator and Stream Monitor, Lake Forest Park Streamkeepers
Current

Archivist, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
8/15 – 12/17
Organized and inventoried boxes of donated materials relevant to the World War II Japanese incarceration. Classified and cataloged all articles of the Heart Mountain Sentinel to increase accessibility for researchers.

TLC Talks 
2021 Interview
NSC STEM faculty member Tracy Furutani talks about the rocket club, teaching in multiple STEM subject areas, climate justice, and what he hopes to see happen next year as programs explore returning to campus.