Staff Spotlight: Tyler Blackwell


Originally from the Midwest, Tyler relocated to Seattle to pursue his Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. During his time in graduate school, he worked on a variety of transportation projects, and he completed his capstone project with Seattle Public Utilities, where he worked closely with small businesses across Seattle. Now, with his Master’s degree in hand, Tyler is excited to apply his experiences and knowledge to advance efforts to make SODO’s transportation systems clean, connected, and safe.


What were you up to before you started working at the SODO BIA?

I was a graduate student at the University of Washington’s Evans School for Public Policy & Governance!


What brought you to Seattle?

Graduate School…in the middle of the pandemic. My timing is impeccable.


How does your job benefit ratepayers in SODO?

I advocate for you! Whether it is a parking issue, a large capital project, or anything in between, I am here to help elevate your voice. If you are interested in learning more about the many transportation projects here in SODO or about how I can support you, feel free to reach out or attend our Transportation Committee meetings!


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I like hanging with friends at the lake, hiking, movie nights, and the *occasional* board game night.


Favorite SODO restaurant/bar/cafe?

Paseo is my go-to spot in SODO!


Favorite SODO activity or point of interest?

I haven’t experienced much of the many activities SODO has to offer, but I always enjoy catching a Mariners game!