Husky Leadership Initiative

Keynote Speaker: Senator Reuven Carlyle


reuven carlyleSenator Reuven Carlyle represents Washington State Senate’s 36th Legislative District (South Lake Union, Belltown, Ballard, Greenwood, Magnolia, and Queen Anne). Reuven served in the state House of Representatives from 2009-2016 before being appointed to the state Senate. During Reuven’s eight years in the legislature he’s focused on a range of policy areas including budget, tax, higher education, transportation, health care, open data and election issues. He sponsored major legislation to reform higher education finance and improve the educational success of foster youth. He also has been the prime sponsor of legislation each year to abolish the death penalty and replace the policy with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prior to his election, Reuven was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in 2004 as a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He crafted legislation in 2007 as a citizen activist for foster youth, Passport to College Promise, a scholarship program. He was a citizen co-founder of the Seattle/King County Chapter of City Year, a national AmeriCorps program.

Reuven resides in Seattle with his wife Dr. Wendy Carlyle, an anesthesiologist practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard. They have four children: Adi who attends the University of Washington, Liat, Zev and Nava.