Bio



CARLA SEAQUIST
3018 19th Avenue Court, N.W.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
USA


PLAYWRIGHT and WRITER

PLAYWRIGHT: See Plays and Production History.

    Associate member, DRAMATISTS GUILD.

    Participant in developmental workshop led by playwright Milan Stitt (The Runner Stumbles), New American Theatre School, New York (two years).

    Other training: Playwrights Forum, Washington, D.C. (four years). New York University writers conference. Bennington writers conference (advisor: Francine du Plessix Gray).

WRITER: See Other Writing and Carla's Blog at HuffingtonPost.com.

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICER, CITY OF SAN DIEGO (1977-80).

Responsible for a workforce of 7000. Principal focus: moving women and minorities into nontraditional jobs (police, fire fighter, sanitation driver, etc.). Entailed drafting and implementing one of the nation’s first municipal policies prohibiting sexual harassment on the job. Reviewed all job requirements and developed improved recruitment tools, notably a show-and-tell program that drew a record crowd, which was televised on all local stations. Result: During my tenure San Diego met all its affirmative action goals and maintained them, with minimum resistance. Following the cutbacks of Proposition 13, I also executed the responsibilities of Equal Opportunity Officer for the Handicapped. For this cumulative service I received NOW’s Susan B. Anthony Award for “courage and hard work on behalf of women and minorities.”

Self-employed: Art dealer, specializing in contemporary prints (1979-82).

The Brookings Institution: Editorial staff. Organizer, Women’s Caucus (1972-76); conceived and produced Women’s Caucus speakers series.

The Library of Congress: Researcher, Congressional Reference Service (1967-68).

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Executive producer/interviewer, KPBS, National Public Radio (volunteer 1978-82). 60-minute interviews, live or taped, with politicians, scholars, scientists, artists.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

State Delegate for Barack Obama, Washington state Democratic convention, 2008.

Member, HUMANITIES WASHINGTON (state humanities board). Appointed 2006-09. Strategic Planning Comm., 2007: drafted Vision Statement. Inquiring Minds Comm., 2008: recruited and interviewed applicants for speakers series. Search Comm. for Executive Director, 2009.

Judge, "Students of Distinction," college scholarship competition for local high-school students. Science and technology category, 2007. Academic achievement category: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Co-founder (with husband Larry), Refreshing Democracy, a citizen-input project -- www.refreshingdemocracy.com

State Delegate for John Kerry, Washington state Democratic convention, 2004.

Member, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS.
Appointed 1980-82.

HONORS

Alumni Success Story: School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C., 2014.

Who’s Who of American Women 2004-2005.

NOW’s SUSAN B. ANTHONY AWARD for “courage and hard work on behalf of women and minorities.”

“Woman of Achievement,” California Business and Professional Women’s Club.

EDUCATION

B.A., cum laude
SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE,
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C.
Senior project: Contemporary American and European art and music. Solo piano recital.

M.A., course work completed
SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES,
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C.
Focus: Cultural studies (artistic and literary). Included one year in Bologna, Italy.

PERSONAL

After long residence in Washington, D.C., my husband Larry Seaquist and I relocated to our native Pacific Northwest. Larry, a former U.S. Navy captain, is a writer on national security strategy and founder of The Strategy Group, a “do” tank whose focus is conflict prevention. In November 2006, Larry was elected to the Washington State Legislature, as State Representative on the Democratic ticket. Since 2010 he has chaired the House committee on higher education.




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