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 Jenny Durkan
Jenny A. Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the City in nearly a century. She is focused on the housing affordability crisis, helping those experiencing homelessness, providing free college tuition to Seattle’s high school graduates, and pushing reforms and restoring trust in the police department – while also delivering on basic city services. She also is committed to ensuring Seattle continues to lead the innovative economy and create new models for ensuring more security for workers. Prior to becoming mayor, Durkan was a civic leader and nationally-recognized attorney. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history.