Seattle City (spot)Light: Matt Clifford, Senior Accountant

The Basics
Years of Service: Four and a half
Division: Accounting
Role: I manage various areas of City Light accounting, including retail revenues, pension, and bond issuance. I also work on our financial statements and annual report, as well as assist with our annual financial audit.

Background
Hometown:
Born in Portland, Ore., raised in Renton, Wash.
Alma Mater: Seattle University
Discipline/Trade of Study: Business and accounting. I’m also a Washington state CPA (certified public accountant).
Tell us about your family: My amazing wife Brittany and I have been married almost five years. We have a cat named Widget.

“I like that it is easy to feel good about working at City Light. We provide a valuable service to the City of Seattle, and we do it with accountability to the environment and community. I am also fortunate to work with many talented and inspiring team members in the accounting group who make City Light a great place to work.”

Just for Fun
Where do you live and what’s something you love about the area?
I live in Everett. There is a trail near my house that follows the Snohomish River and makes for a great walk when I need a break from the home office.

What are some of your favorite activities/hobbies? I enjoy rock climbing, building computers, golfing, and tabletop board games.

What is your favorite local activity? Riding my bike to the local climbing gym with my wife, followed by dinner or drinks at a nearby restaurant.

What brought/attracted you to City Light? When I joined City Light, it was important to me to find a place to work where I felt that I was contributing to something meaningful. I strongly identified with City Light’s mission statement to responsibly power Seattle and was excited for the opportunity to work in an organization driven by that shared goal.