SDOT's Sam Zimbabawe: City Leaders Breakfast Series
The AIA Seattle City Leaders Breakfast Series connects AIA Seattle
members to elected officials, policymakers and thinkers who are transforming Seattle and the Puget Sound region in critical areas ranging from housing and homelessness to city design, sustainability, transportation and more. The series provides opportunities to learn about key issues impacting our communities and the built environment and to hear the viewpoints of and interact with leaders who are shaping our future.
Seattle Dept. of Transportation Director Sam Zimbabwe will join us for a discussion of his first year in Seattle, a look at his priorities for 2020, and his thoughts on AIA Seattle priorities including reducing SOV trips through the city, improving bike and pedestrian access, and equitably increasing transit options. Bring your questions as we will have a lengthy Q&A.
8:30 am Doors open, coffee & light breakfast
9:00 am Program begins
10:00 am Program ends
Sam Zimbabwe was selected as Director of SDOT by Mayor Durkan and confirmed by the City Council in February 2019. Prior to moving to Seattle, he served as the chief project delivery officer at the District Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., and, prior to that, as the same department’s associate director of policy planning and sustainability. Zimbabwe has a background in urban design. After studying urban and regional studies at Cornell University, he earned a master’s in city planning and urban design from U.C. Berkeley. He worked as an urban designer at Community Design + Architecture in Oakland and as a transit-oriented development director for a D.C.-based non-profit, Reconnecting America.