BEA the Change

fresh + relevant

Local Government Leadership

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"Our city is transforming in a direction reminiscent of the change in San Francisco – where commerce and growth pushed working class people out. Growth can be seen as good for industry but not at the expense of people, not here in Seattle. Elected officials and industry leaders in Seattle should think twice before signing away the grit of the city to new suits. There’s a way to balance all the changes but it will take more brainpower, ‘outside the box’ moves, unyielding empathy, and running that extra mile to serve the people." -Bea Querido-Rico on July 26, 2017

 

Bea is committed to keeping this region beautiful & thriving.

 
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I am grateful for the opportunity to be a candidate for the Port of Seattle Commissioner. Here's the skinny about me:

  • I received my graduate engineering education from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, graduate tourism sustainability education from the George Washington University (GW), and bachelors in business at GW
  • 12+ Years of Industry Experience, started out in Network & Space at The Boeing Company and adopted by the 787. 
  • Nonprofit senior leader - currently serving as a Board Member for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)
  • Only candidate in the race that is truly grass roots. Meaning, I didn’t pay to get on the ballot
  • Left the Port of Seattle at the end of May 2017 to run for Port Commissioner
  • Completed two full marathons (yes, 26.2 not 13.1) so I do have some "race" experience

 

 

Hello, world

 
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My Story

I have jumped into the deep end of local politics, completely raw to the process and not your usual candidate. I entered the race optimistically, albeit slowly but ferociously.  I am the only candidate in the race that has direct Port of Seattle operations experience, who understands the inner workings of the Port organization, and can instantly connect the impact of policy decisions, which helps to effectively serve the public. As an engineer, I love to solve problems and I'm in this race because am I interested not only to lead innovative changes at The Port of Seattle but also to challenge a political system that will enable more women and underrepresented communities to have a voice in our government. Bottom line: Kill the corruption at the Port and focus on jobs of the future.

My family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when I was two years old, and like many people, sought  to find quality jobs, live safely, and to be free. I am the first person in my family to finish graduate school and I am humbled to be the first one to run for public office. I completed my education in business and supply chain/logistics engineering and began work in Network and Space Systems at the Boeing Company. Community service is important to me and I make time to serve organizations that advocate for protecting our environment and promote women in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math careers and education. 

I am dedicated to improving transportation, trade, and logistics but I also enjoy balancing life by cooking Filipino and Spanish food for family and friends, dragon boating, volunteering to help those in need, backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with my husband, Manuel, when he's not in the Mojave Desert working on SpaceShipTwo.

PS: I'm not afraid to call people out on their B.S. and I will rock the boat. The Port Commission has not been fulfilling their responsibility to serve the community and I've challenged the person who's been on the Commission the longest. 

 

Endorsements

Organizations

  • National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
  • Capitol Call
  • Pacific Hyperloop
  • Creoworks
  • Bellevue Lifestyle Magazine
  • The Makers Space

Individuals

  • H.B. Siegel | Head of Innovation at a pretty sizable E-commerce retailer and Skilled Magician

  • Mike Allen | Community Leader & Board of Trustees at the Bullitt Foundation

  • Former Mayor Mike McGinn | Mayor of Seattle January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2013

  • Brandon Peterson | Founder of Capitol Call (Civic Tech Startup)

  • Melissa Medina | Founder of AppMyRep (Civic Tech Startup)
  • Cindy Domingo | Chief of Staff for King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
  • David Della | Former Seattle City Councilmember (2013)
  • Jeremy Wainscott | NewSpace Activist + Master of Public Administration, Science and Technology Policy from UW
  • Leo Oshnor | Founder and CEO of Flightspeak
  • Kit Zulueta | President of the Filipino Young Leaders Program
  • Caitlin Agnew | Co-Founder of The Makers Space and Founder of Bellevue Lifestyle Magazine
  • Lana Morisoli | Co-Founder of The Makers Space
  • Bianca Amor Wakeford | COO of SIVA
  • John Song | CEO of TenPoint7
  • Shane Rai| Cofounder oof TenPoint7
  • Anthony Ogilvie | President of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce
  • John Symonds | Founder of FreeFunder
  • Christina Laskowski | President of the Science Technology Committee of Silicon Valley
  • Chelsia Hart | Director of Marketing at Leisure Care
  • Amy & Diego Del Olmo| Founders of Creoworks
  • Barbara Joseph | Vice President of the Young Travelers Professionals
  • ..many more!
 

Advocating for...

If elected as Port Commissioner, my commitment to increasing the number quality jobs and relevant training is parallel to developing a plan to get ahead of high-tech innovations that will impact transportation and trade in the Puget Sound, such as: space commercialization, high-speed rail (maglev), unmanned cargo aircraft, and terminal operations’ modernization among other trending logistics and transportation systems. I believe in the power of transparency and will establish an Open Data policy such that King County constituents are empowered and inspired to launch more startups, as well as protecting and promoting agriculture, fishing, and maritime industries. I am an advocate for environment sustainability and support the promotion of ecotourism to visitors.

 
 
Source: Room.eu.com/article/the-promise-of-space-tourism

Source: Room.eu.com/article/the-promise-of-space-tourism

Space commercialization + Innovation

Lead the establishment of a plan to get ahead of high-tech innovations that will impact transportation and trade in the Puget Sound, such as: space commercialization, high-speed rail (maglev), unmanned cargo aircraft, and modernization of terminal operations among other trending logistics and transportation systems. There is a growing supply chain to be captured in these industries. 

Most importantly, the history of the Port of Seattle was built by the commercial activity mainly cultivated by farmers and fishermen. It is imperative to remember the foundation of the Port of Seattle and protect the maritime and agriculture industries. As a Port Commissioner, I will advocate for policies and innovations that can be implemented to sustain the agriculture, fishing, and maritime industries.

 
Source: SonicsArena.com

Source: SonicsArena.com

PRO-SODO Arena + COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

I'm interested in SODO and the cultural and economic benefits it will bring to our community. The Port of Seattle needs to stop using public funds to promote Key Arena for pro-sports (NBA+NHL). That's not their job. Their job is to listen to the community and promote economic development. The option that brings the most economic benefit is SODO. Seattle City Council should focus on Key Arena as a world class music, cultural, arts, and science venue.  Finally, I'm committed to investing in the cultural and historical preservation to protect south Seattle communities, especially the International District.

 
Source: Adrian - unsplash.com/@aows

Source: Adrian - unsplash.com/@aows

Social Equity, Inclusion, Sustainable responsibility 

As our region continues to grow and more newcomers are calling this area their home, I think it’s imperative to protect the cultural heritage and honor the history of King County. I'll make the Port of Seattle accessible to all communities, especially those that are currently underserved. Sensible leadership is desperately needed at the Port Commission. I'm running to serve and support the voices that are not heard. The people and planet are my priorities while remaining fiscally responsible.

 


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Source: startupstockphotos.com

Accountability + Transparency

I believe in the power of transparency and will establish an Open Data policy such that King County constituents are empowered and inspired to launch more startups, as well as strengthen our accountability as a government agency. If elected as Port Commissioner, one of my first priorities is to work with the Commission, community, and Port Staff to design and approve a policy that will hold us all accountable. Effective leadership is not a one way street, but an intersection where we are all working towards common goals.