Program Announcement: Ann Davison, Candidate for Seattle City Attorney, October 21, 2021

Join the University Sunrise Rotary Club for a presentation by Ann Davison, a candidate for Seattle City Attorney. Ann will join us as the program at our regular weekly meeting this Thursday, October 21, 2021. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. and lasts an hour. The Zoom line opens at 7:00 a.m.

No reservation is needed. Simply click here Thursday morning.

Ann Davison came to Seattle in 1996 to work for the Seattle SuperSonics front office in basketball operations. She is now an attorney and mother of two elementary-aged kids who were born in Seattle.

Ann holds a JD from Willamette and a BA in Sociology from Baylor. She was a Court Certified Law Clerk at the Marion County District Attorney’s Office in Salem, OR, where she managed assigned criminal cases by conducting bench trials, analyzing crime, and negotiating plea deals. Ann established her own practice out of law school, becoming one of Seattle’s many small business owners. After building a book of business, she took it to a small downtown law firm where her practice areas included civil litigation, immigration, sports, contracts and business transactions. She has practiced in Seattle since 2005, at times navigating the balance of becoming a mother, and does so now at Functional Legal Solutions, focusing on sports, business, employment, contracts, intellectual property, and other general civil areas. Ann has also been an arbitrator for numerous cases over her 16 year legal career.

Ann currently serves on the executive board for the Seattle Youth Soccer Association as the VP of Recreational Development and is also on the Board for a nonprofit that assists clients who have mental illness re-enter community. Previously Ann served as co-chair of a volunteer committee for a public elementary school fundraiser that raised over $200,000. She has also served as a co-operative preschool Board member and was a volunteer tutor through CAYA (Central Area Youth Association), helping refugee and immigrant students. Ann lives in north Seattle with her family where she coaches kids’ soccer teams. She has spent time volunteering with people recently released from incarceration, with people experiencing homelessness, and led an event known as Hunger Awareness Week. Ann has spent time working in Australia helping at-risk youth, immigrants and refugees. Ann also helped the UN Border Relief Operation to do a survey in a Cambodian refugee camp along the Thai/Cambodian border in Thailand.

Ann is also a teacher. She taught conversational English to Thai college students at Yonok College in Lampang, Thailand. Currently, she teaches International Business Law in the Global Business Program to international students at the University of Washington Continuum College.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ann worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D. C., assisting constituents in matters regarding their military service, medicare, medicaid and social security. Also in D.C., she started her career in sports at a pro sports representational agency before her time in the front office for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1996 to 2001.

Ann was a political newcomer when she ran for Seattle City Council in 2019, driven by conversations for years with her young kids about the obvious plight of people alongside the roadways of Seattle, with elected people doing nothing meaningful about it and allowing for the suffering of people and the degradation of the environment.  Ann garnered 40% of the vote in the general election of 2019, after securing the endorsement of the Seattle Times over the incumbent.  Ann continued her efforts to see change within Seattle and Washington state, seeing a need for political balance that stemmed from Seattle and ran for Lieutenant Governor for Washington state from her convictions about the same issues that spurred her initial political involvement in 2019.

Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, also a candidate for Seattle City Attorney, is scheduled to join us next week.

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