Seattle City (spot)Light: Om Dwivedi, Chief Warehouser

The Basics

How long have you been at City Light? 18 years 

Division: North Service Center Warehouse, Transmission and Distribution Field Operations 

Tell us about your role. What does your job entail?  I am the chief warehouser at the North Service Center. I make sure inventory is ordered, received, stocked and delivered to the field crews on time. The safety of warehouse staff is my top priority. In addition to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, I track and streamline all warehouse activities, ensuring our team’s various goals are achieved in a timely fashion. 

Background

Hometown: Panchhat, Punjab, India 

Alma Mater/Area of study:  

  • University Chandigarh, India, Master’s in Hindi 
  • Himachal State University Shimla H.P. India, Master of Philosophy 
  • University of Washington Educational Outreach program: National Security Education Program  
     

I also taught undergraduate classes for 18 years at a university in Punjab, India. After completing the National Security Education Program, I served as an intelligence analyst in one of the U.S. intelligence agencies in Northern Virginia.   

Tell us about your family:  

I immigrated to Seattle in November 1998 with my wife of 39 years and our three children who were 14, 10 and 5 at the time. My oldest daughter graduated from the University of Washington (UW) School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy and works for Swedish Medical Center. She is married to an IT project manager. My second daughter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Louisville and joined the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. She is married to an M.D. My son, the youngest, graduated from UW School of Business with a degree in finance as well as a Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the UW College of Education. He is a senior business project manager for a financial technology company and formerly coached football at Central Washington University. Finally, I have a cute 4-year-old granddaughter who keeps my evenings busy. 

Two of my brothers work for Seattle City Light, one as a crew chief and the other as a supervisor in transmission and distribution field operations. I am very thankful for their support both in my career and move to the United States. My youngest sibling is in the trucking business.     

My father served and retired with honor from the Indian Army after serving for 20 years. My mom, a strict, strong and straightforward lady, brought up four of us infused with great human values. Dad, a gentle soul, who provided everything his sons asked for, passed away four years ago. 

Just for Fun

What advice do you have for those that are new to City Light? Be respectful and courteous to customers. Get along with your peers and get excited to come into work every day. This will help increase productivity and boost your morale.   

Favorite quote? “Work hard in silence; let success make the noise.” – Frank Ocean  

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Charity! Give back to the community – be a giver!   

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend? Meditation, meeting with my loved ones and volunteering.  

Where is your favorite place that you have traveled? Cruising Alaska and Mexico