READY TO SERVE SOUTH SEATTLE
The residents of South Seattle deserve a strong, effective voice on City Council. Tammy Morales is a true progressive who not only has the drive and commitment to be that voice, she has a proven record of:
Building partnerships to make sure that community voices are heard
Helping grow small business through training, one-on-one assistance, and connecting small business to new opportunities
Making policy recommendations adopted by the City of Seattle
Building healthy communities through better access to food, affordable housing, increasing local business development
Fighting to increase transparency so that the community controls decisions about what happens to them
Fighting for social justice issues
Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 10.22.12 PMTammy is principal of Urban Food Link, a nationally recognized firm specializing in food systems policy and healthy community planning.
Whether briefing policymakers on food systems issues or providing one-on-one technical assistance to food entrepreneurs, Tammy brings robust management skills to her work. Her strategic vision and transparent communication style lead to strong planning and execution of projects.
A resourceful trouble-shooter, Tammy served as a founding member of the Acting Food Policy Council of Seattle-King County, coordinating food policy development and advocacy, building collaborative relationships between organizations and local jurisdictions, and guiding the development of a strategic plan for the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council. She was instrumental in drafting Seattle’s Local Food Action Initiative and the Seattle Farm Bill Principles. Tammy’s work has earned her a solid reputation as a food systems leader in the Puget Sound region, where she continues to advise policy makers at the local, county and regional levels.
The Seattle City Council has adopted many of Tammy’s policy recommendations including:
Amending the municipal code to allow for commercial urban farming
Hiring a food policy advisor within the Office of Sustainability and the Environment
Amending the street ordinance to ease street food vending regulations
Convening a series of listening sessions to engage the community in conversations about how better to support our local food system.
Prior to her work at Urban Food Link, Tammy gained a wealth of policy experience through positions at governmental agencies and private sector firms from across the spectrum, including Impact Capital where she managed a $1.4 mm operating support grant portfolio that served nine Community Development Corporations (CDCs). There she assessed capacity-building opportunities and brokered appropriate training and technical assistance resources. As part of this work, Tammy also facilitated a series of community meetings with the White Center community to identify needs and determine priorities for neighborhood revitalization. These meetings led to the development of a Resident Leadership Council and a new White Center Community Development Association to carry out community development projects.
ENGAGED AND EXPERIENCED ADVOCATE
Columbia City Business Association, Member
Community Food Security Coalition, Former Board Member
King County Local Food Economy Initiative, Kitchen Cabinet Member
Rainier Beach Moving Forward, Steering Committee member
Seattle Good Business Network, Member
Got Green’s Women’s Leadership Institute, Participant
South Community Organizing for Racial/Regional Equity (South CORE), Participant
Acting Food Policy Council-Puget Sound, Founding Member
American Planning Association, Member
StartZone Small Business Development at Highline Community College, Trainer
COMMITTED TO FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Tammy began her career in public policy almost 20 years ago. She has been working to build healthy communities ever since. The values Tammy lives every day are the same values she learned watching her single mother hold down two jobs while raising Tammy and her siblings.
Following graduation from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Tammy went on to earn a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning at University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Seattle in 2000 to be closer to her mother, who had moved here while Tammy was in college.
Tammy is a founding partner at Urban Food Link, a consulting firm that works with communities to create fair, vibrant regional food systems that connect people to healthy food.
After working in the south end for years, Tammy and her husband Harry Teicher moved to the Seward Park area. They are the proud parents of three children: Josh, Mateo and Iliana. The family enjoys spending time in the outdoors gardening and bicycling to Seward Park Beach.