Skip to main content
Speaker Profile

Bruce Harrell

Mayor, City of Seattle

bruce harrell headshot

Bruce Harrell is a virtual guest at Crosscut Festival 2022. He was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2007 citywide and re-elected twice, including to serve his home district of South Seattle. He is Seattle's first Asian American and first biracial mayor and Seattle's second Black mayor. He was born in Seattle to an African American father who was one of the first Black union lineman at Seattle City Light, and a Japanese American mother who worked for the Seattle Public Library. The Harrell family lived in Seattle's Central District, where Bruce graduated from Garfield High School and attended the University of Washington. He later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. As an attorney, he spent his early career in technology and telecommunications, later joining a downtown firm representing employees, youth, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Find more detail about this event below. 

Speaker Links

Scheduled Appearances

Intersecting Cities

Crosscut Festival 2022
Sat May 7, 2022 | 1:00pm

Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma have seen enormous change in the past decade. Three Mayors sit down to talk about the successes and challenges of each city faces and the inevitability that they affect the others. WATCH NOW


bruce harrell headshot
headshot of lynne robinson
victoria woodards crosscut festival 2022
larry headshot
Featuring: Bruce Harrell, Lynne Robinson, Victoria R. Woodards, Larry Hubbell

Stay Connected

Be the first to find out about new speakers and sessions, and special events.

By subscribing, you agree to receive occasional membership emails from Crosscut/Cascade Public Media.

About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

Member promo