Evergreen Politics Authors

Here's the skinny on our authors:

Lynn Allen
I’ve been passionate and knowledgeable about progressive politics for as long as I can remember. Recently I moved back to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay Area where I’d been for a couple of decades, working the last 15 years as a corporate trainer. I knew it was time to come home and once I drove north every cell of my body felt like it was the right decision for me.

I had wanted to be involved in this election cycle and couldn’t see doing it in California, where last year’s gubernatorial election made clear that Democrats had dug themselves quite a deep hole and that the Party itself was quite moribund. So I came back to Seattle in mid-summer and volunteered on the Gregoire campaign full-time. I created a weblog for the campaign, interviewing Gregoire volunteers from around the state about what they were doing in their areas, what they were doing on the campaign and why they were working to help make Chris our governor.

Blogging got into my blood and I asked Jon if I could join Evergreen Politics. I suggested that I focus on chronicling the revitalization of the Democratic Party and the bridging of progressive organizations in the state. And so here I am, juggling this writing with getting settled and reestablishing my business up here.

You can reach me by email at lynallen aol.com

Yoram Bauman
The deer I recently killed provides incontrovertible evidence that I've moved to Walla Walla from Seattle, where I got my PhD in economics. I now teach at Whitman College and try not to even think about driving. You can find out more at http://www.smallparty.org/yoram/.

Harolynne Bobis
I've been a political junkie since I can remember. My first TV memory is watching the 1956 Democratic convention when Adlai Stevenson was nominated to run against Dwight Eisenhower. I was 9.

I've been involved in campaigns and politics for the last 20 years, mostly in Washington. My first vote was for Bobby Kennedy in the California primary (I grew up in San Francisco). My first campaign check was to Michael Dukakis. Then I joined Norm Rice's campaign for Mayor and met some absolutely wonderful people, including the former Mayor Rice. I was involved in Mike Lowry's campaign for governor and did some work on the No on I-200 campaign. I have yet to find a Republican I could vote for, especially the Washington state variety.

My husband is an American Greek and last year we retired and moved to a small town on the Peloponnese in Greece. I'm still involved in politics -- currently as a country coordinator for Americans Overseas for Kerry.

Michael Gilbert

My grandfather Cyreno Gilbert came to Seattle almost 100 years ago. He married Mimi Erickson, a social justice activist who had immigrated from Sweden. My father, Curtis Gilbert, was born in Seattle in 1920, went to Broadway High School (the buildings of which eventually became part of Seattle Central Community College). He learned to fly airplanes on Lake Union and studied library science at the University of Washington. He flew for Pan American during the war and before long lived the life of an expatriate in places like Rio de Janeiro, Salzburg, London, and Berlin. I was born in Sweden in 1960 to my father's third wife who, like his mother, was Swedish.

When I settled back in the United States as a teenager, I returned to my father's Seattle roots. I have lived here ever since and, while I prefer to see myself as a citizen of the world, I'm now in my fourth decade as a member of the Cascadia ecosystem. A few years later, I formally joined the political system with the alienating experience of having everyone I voted for during the 1980 Reagan landslide lose. I've never been the same since.

While most of my professional work is now national or international in scope, I've been deeply involved in local politics for almost twenty five years.

In the early Eighties, I was the Chair of the Washington Public Interest Research Group, cofounded Students for Nuclear Awareness, and served on the University of Washington's Institutional Biosafety Committee, where I helped regulate genetic engineering experiments. I became a professional lobbyist for several statewide consumer and environmental campaigns, including Don't Bankrupt Washington's work to protect the public from the financial insanity of nuclear power investments. I was the lead lobbyist on the Telephone Buyers Protection Act and the lead public interest lobbyist on a campaign to defeat massive deregulation of USWest in the wake of the breakup of AT&T.; I have always been interested in scaling up my work, so I also trained student lobbyists in Olympia.

In the mid to late Eighties, I moved from lobbying to electoral campaigns. In 1984 and 1988, I was a community organizer for Jesse Jackson's presidential run. I was the Campaign Director for the CAP Initiative to control the overdevelopment of office buildings in downtown Seattle. I was a founder and Executive Director of Vision Seattle, a grassroots political organization that transformed Seattle politics in the late Eighties. During this time, I was also the founding Chair of Clarion West, a writers workshop that developed a national reputation.

In the early nineties, I founded a local nonprofit technical assistance organization called GoodWorks. I was the the President of the Fremont Neighborhood Council during the years in which that wonderful Seattle neighborhood made its reputation as a creative and effective advocate for environmental and community values. In a coalition effort between those organizations, I ran the groundbreaking Chemical Free Fremont Campaign and founded Fremont Time, a labor bartering program. I edited The Campaign Cookbook, a manual on grassroots education and mobilization. I worked on a number of programs to integrate people with disabilities into our communities and I continue to be committed to models of organizing that recognize people's assets, rather than just their needs.

My father died in 1996. In his memory, I founded The Gilbert Center, a nonprofit incubator, consultancy, and research organization, focused on the communication and management issues of social change and social service organizations. I'm the Editor of Nonprofit Online News, a weblog and email newsletter with tens of thousands of readers that's been in continuous publication since April, 1997. Although I've worked with over 800 organizations in twenty countries, none of them have yet been able to tear me away from Washington State. I now live and work on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Carol Hudson
Carol is a political consultant and troublemaker with a quick wit, a ready laugh and sharp pen. She lives in West Seattle.

Jeff Reifman
I am a technologist at non-profit Groundspring.org where we build web tools for non-profit organizations. I've recently begun freelance writing and have another blog, IDEAlog.US. I have lived in Seattle now 13 years - I guess I stay here because the snowboarding's better than Los Angeles.

Jon Stahl
I'm a latte-drinking, sushi-eating, New York Times-reading left wing freakshow. And I'm pleased to be in such fine company here. By day, I help environmental organizations communicate online. But at night, I don the tight green tights of a crusading grassroots political journalist here at Evergreen Politics. You can catch some of my non-Washington State ramblings at http://blogs.onenw.org/jon.