A native of California and Washington, Uriel’s wide range of experience covers federal, state, and local affairs in the areas of government, policy, community engagement, and communication. His background brings more than a decade of experience building relationships, serving communities, and leading on issues through his various roles in the public sector.
Prior to his consideration by the National Urban Fellows, Uriel worked on the Government Relations team of the Washington State teacher’s union. As an advocate for the largest union in the state, he helped the organization’s leaders develop political strategy for the 2016 campaign cycle. Before joining the teachers’ union, Uriel served as Deputy Chief of Staff and External Affairs to the Mayor of Seattle. As a member of the Executive team, he led the development and rollout of the organizational structure of the Mayor’s executive governance team. In this capacity, Uriel oversaw the executive budget and developed internal operating policies to enable core functions and achieve objectives. He also acted as primary liaison between the Mayor and community representatives and public stakeholders, leading and executing community strategy for the Mayor’s office on a wide range of high-visibility and high-impact issues. His work and support enabled the nationally historic Seattle Mayoral Office accomplishment of a citywide $15 an hour pay requirement.
Before arriving at the Mayor’s office, he served as a Regional Director and Statewide Latino Community/LGBT Community Coordinator for the U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Patty Murray. In this role, Uriel provided strategic support to the Senator’s activities and legislative agenda by building strong relationships with her constituency through effective stakeholder management strategy and translating issues into effective and measurable political results. His work as the Senator’s liaison to local communities helped stop racial profiling at the Canadian border, resulting in a change of executive policy at the Department of Homeland Security. Uriel also championed support for LGBT issues including DADT repeal, marriage equality, and LGBT inclusion in the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization as well as Comprehensive Immigration Reform efforts.
Uriel graduated from the University of Southern California earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. He also received an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Marymount College, completing part of this course work in the United Kingdom. As a member of the National Urban Fellows Class of 2017 and candidate for a Masters of Public Administration, Uriel plans to build on his experience to continue to commit himself to ensure that representation on all levels of government, public systems, and policy reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.