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Some of the challenges faced by the City of Seattle include blight, graffiti, litter, and dilapidated buildings in low-income areas. Seattle is one of six cities taking part in the Love Your Block program. Through this program, the city is engaging with citizens to enhance and strengthen the Find It, Fix It Program, which brings citizen volunteers together with city officials to identify and fix neighborhood problems. The city uses its Community Walks and corresponding Community Project Grants to strengthen neighborhoods and catalyze future citizen engagement.

Seattle has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010, when former Mayor Greg Nickels signed the Declaration of Service. Mayor Ed Murray reaffirmed the city's commitment to service by signing the Declaration again in 2014.

Mayor Tim Burgess

Mayor Tim Burgess served as a Seattle City Councilmember from 2008 to 2017. He was first elected city-wide in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. He most recently chaired the Council's Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee.  He previously chaired Council committees overseeing issues relating to public safety and education. A Seattle native, Mayor Burgess has been involved in local community and government matters for more than 40 years as a radio journalist, Seattle police officer and detective, and small business owner. He chaired his neighborhood community council and served 12 years on the City's Ethics and Elections Commission. He was named the Municipal League of King County's Public Official of the Year for 2017.

Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Kathy Nyland

In 2015, Mayor Murray appointed Kathy Nyland as the director of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods. Driven by a sense of fairness and outreach, Nyland believes in the power of good policy and public engagement. She's mobilized community resources, engaged broad public participation in programs and projects, and identified established and emerging community leaders, all while understanding that citizen engagement depends upon access to information.