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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 Mayor Murray's 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. Current Mayor Ed Murray reaffirmed the city's commitment to service by signing the Declaration again in 2014.

Mayor Bruce Harrell

Mayor Bruce Harrell and his family have been committed to community service in the Seattle region for over three decades. As an attorney and community volunteer, Mayor Harrell is known for his ability to create high performing teams and for resolving conflict. He has extensive experience in technology, strategic thinking, and conflict management. Mayor Harrell began his public service in 1979 working for the Seattle City Council under Council President Paul Kraabel. In 2007, Bruce was elected to the City Council. While serving on the Council, he chaired the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, served as vice chair of the Transportation Committee, and served as a member of the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee. He became mayor of Seattle in September of 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.