Mr. David Benjamin Mendoza
Lobbying since: 2018
Currently, David is the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for Front and Centered, a WA statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes focused on environmental justice. In addition, David is a consultant/lobbyist specializing in the intersection of state/local governments and emerging industries such as cannabis, ride and home sharing technologies. From 2014 through 2017, David served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Seattle Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation. His policy portfolio included the development of Cannabis Regulations, Labor Standards, implementation of the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative and policies related to Uber/Lyft and AirBnB, among others.
Prior to working in the Mayor's office, David served as a Policy Counsel for the House Democratic Caucus in Olympia, WA. While there he advised Democratic Representatives on issues related to the Labor & Workforce Development Committee and the Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. This latter committee was tasked with liquor, gambling, tobacco and marijuana regulations.
His other experience includes working at Puget Sound Sage where he wrote the first research report making the case for a $15 minimum wage at Sea-Tac Airport. His volunteer experience includes serving as a Commissioner for the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission from 2011-2014 and as the 2014 President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. He is a graduate of Pitzer College and Seattle University School of Law.