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    Meet Nathaniel

    8BB8B780-26A1-40F7-A413-0ABE8396B472.jpegNathaniel Jones joined the Olympia City Council in 2012 and has served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2012 through 2018. He is Chair of the Thurston Regional Planning Council, and past-Chair of InterCity Transit.  Nathaniel holds a seat on the Thurston Economic Development Council and the Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council. He has lived around the country and around the world.

    Nathaniel’s wife, Kathleen is a Nurse Practitioner with Kaiser Permanente, who has delivered thousands of babies and supported new fledgling families in our community.  Kathleen and Nathaniel moved to Olympia in 1991 and raised two daughters in local public schools.

    With graduate training in Community and Regional Planning, Nathaniel’s professional career has included leadership positions in public and non-profit agencies involved with community development, public transportation, and public facilities. He has recently retired from state service after managing the infrastructure of the State Capitol Campus for many years.  

    In 2017, after six fruitful years, Nathaniel stepped down from the Board of South Sound Habitat for Humanity. And it was in 2017 that he led the successful campaign to expand public safety services in Olympia. Nathaniel is a member of the five-state Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, which shapes public policy for the transport and use of fossil fuels in the northwest, and he has led economic development efforts throughout Olympia.

    Professional Background –

    Transportation Planner
    Development Director for Seven-County Non-Profit Agency
    Capital Program Director for Public Agency
    Infrastructure Manager for State Capitol Campus

    Civic Involvement –

    Chair Thurston Regional Planning Council
    Member Olympia Council Land Use & Environment Committee
    Member Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council
    Member Thurston Economic Development Council
    Member Thurston Urban Growth Management Committee
    Olympia Council Liaison to Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
    Member Safe Energy Leadership Alliance
    Olympia Mayor Pro Tem (2012-2018)
    Board Member South Sound Habitat for Humanity (former)
    Olympia Council Finance Committee Member (former)
    Chair of InterCity Transit Board (former)
    Chair of Olympia Revitalization Committee (former)
    Olympia Council Liaison to Heritage Commission (former)

    Accomplishments –

    • Passed Public Safety Levy and launched Police
      Crisis Response Unit and Neighborhood Liaison Officers
    • Launched Police Walking Patrol, Ambassadors, and Clean Team in Downtown
    • Comprehensive Plan for Olympia completed
    • Friendly parking meters installed Downtown with pay-by-phone and expiration alert
    • Economic Development Director hired and set to work
    • Cleanup of derelict isthmus properties completed
    • Chehalis-Western Trail completed – missing link now connected
    • 500 units of new market-rate Downtown housing completed and more underway
    • Neighborhood matching grants getting results
    • “Olympia on Ice” and Pump Track demonstrations are smashing success
    • Launched Office of Performance and Innovation
    • Additional shelter beds opened and working well, including Pear Blossom Place and expanded Salvation Army
    • Percival Landing rebuilt and new boat moorage added
    • Sunrise Park and Decatur Woods Park renewed
    • Sustainable Thurston plan adopted
    • Washington Center renovated
    • Passed Home Fund ballot measure to construct supportive housing
    • Opened Plum Street tiny home village
    • Opened homeless mitigation site at Thurston Avenue and Franklin
    • Launched faith community tiny home project
    • New drinking water source flowing
    • West Bay and 22nd Avenue sidewalks completed
    • Municipal Arts Plan adopted
    • Shoreline Master Program completed
    • Adopted rules to encourage in-fill housing
    • 22nd Avenue & Boulevard Road round-about completed
    • Morse Merryman Road & Boulevard Road round-about completed
    • LED streetlights saving money and saving energy
    • New fire engine delivered
    • Joint Sea Level Rise Plan completed
    • Transportation Master Plan launched
    • Added solar panels to Library
    • LBA Woods Park, Kaiser Heights Park, and Zahn park properties acquired
    • West Bay heron rookery protected
    • State Avenue and 5th Avenue reconstructed Downtown
    • Development review process streamlined
    • Alley lights and murals installed
    • and much more
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