Working together for a better Sammamish

About Chris

ChrisandShanrvsd04.24.17.jpgI was born in Bellevue, Washington and have resided in eastside communities almost my entire life except while attending college and time in Chicago helping establish and mature Boeing’s World Headquarters.  A large part of my inspiration comes from my wife Shan who grew up in Shanghai, China who after starting her professional career there, came to America, became a United States citizen, and established herself as a finance professional.  Her encouragement, “can do” attitude, and generosity reinforces my passion to become more involved in the City of Sammamish.   

I have been engaged as a community volunteer throughout most of my adult life. My previous involvement included membership of Kirkland Downtown on the Lake (Kirkland’s main street organization), membership of the Kirkland Human Services Advisory Committee (appointed by the Kirkland City Council), President of the Juanita Soccer Club, soccer coach, and Director of Condo Associations including the role as Treasurer.

As a member of the Sammamish Kiwanis, attendance of citizens’ groups, and dialogue with Sammamish residents and City leaders have provided me with recognition and appreciation of the needs, concerns, and issues of our community.  These contacts and experiences will help me better shape and generate a positive future for our city. I identify with the common theme recognized by these citizens to manage growth responsibly, improve traffic flow, protect our environment and sensitive areas, support our emergency services, and avoid unnecessary tax increases. 

I am a Senior Financial Analyst with the Boeing Company, a licensed Residential Real Estate Broker, and active member of Sammamish Kiwanis serving as a director.  My formal education includes a business degree with concentrations in accounting and economics from Washington State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University.  Also, as a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program, I was exposed to some of the nation’s brightest minds with a key takeaway that “strategy is destiny”.

We vitally need a vision that considers long term affordability consistent with the goals and attributes the people of Sammamish value. I will leverage my 33 years of professional financial experience, education, and community involvement to ensure Sammamish establishes and maintains a desired character, optimizes our resources, and focuses on remaining a desirable place in which to live, work, and play. Together we can provide a listening, responsive, and effective conduit towards enhancing Sammamish.