Green Festival Speakers

Mike O'Brien


Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mike has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Puget Sound region and a deep respect for the progressive values and spirit of independence of the people who live in Seattle and make it such a great city. After earning an economics degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington, Mike has spent most of his professional career working in financial management. He served for 10 years as the chief financial officer at the local law firm of Stokes Lawrence, where he oversaw budgeting, financial reporting and forecasting. Mike originally got involved in local politics through the Sierra Club where he has been a volunteer for nine years, serving most recently as chair of the Washington State chapter. Mike lives with his wife, two sons and chickens in Fremont.

Mike’s current committee assignments are Chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhood Committee which oversees water, drainage, wastewater and solid waste services provided by Seattle Public Utilities, including: SPU environmental services and utility rates, regional water resources and endangered species recovery plans. The SPUN committee also oversees neighborhoods, including neighborhood plan updates and implementation. Mike serves as the vice-chair of the Regional & Sustainable Development Committee; a member of the Finance & Budget Committee; and alternate for the Energy and Technology, and Civil Rights Committee.