Seattle City (spot)Light: Laurie Russ, Senior Contract Specialist

The Basics
Years of Service: Two and a half
Division: Contracts & Procurement, Finance
Role: I manage the consultant procurement process for multiple business units for the procurement and contracting of equipment, goods, and services, including architects and engineers, small works, and other procurements. 

Background
Hometown:
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Alma Mater: University of Phoenix
Discipline/Trade of Study: Network design/psychology
Tell us about your family: Most of my family lives in Northern California. I have one daughter, three cats and lots of friends that I call my family.    

“I really enjoy working with my team and have made many friends with the departments I work closely with. I like that I can grow and express my talents that I have acquired over the years at City Light.”

Just for Fun

Where do you live and what’s something you love about the area? I live in Sammamish – my intentions were to live in Washington a few years and move back to California, but I am still here after 20-plus years. I love that I am close to outdoor activities and not so far of a commute from Seattle.

What are some of your favorite activities/hobbies? Hiking, walking, antiquing, shopping, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends are some favorites of mine.

What is your go-to favorite song? Bill Withers, “Lovely Day”

What brought/attracted you to City Light? A friend of a friend recommended that I investigate working at Seattle City Light, and well, here I am!