Things you should know about me:
I was raised in the Napa Valley in California. I like wine, though I’m far from a wine snob. It turns out I’m also fond of beer, and the occasional whiskey sour.
I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.
I worked for Microsoft Corporation, at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, for 26 years. 17 of those were in Microsoft Research, the basic and applied research arm of the company, which has labs in several places around the world.
After I left Microsoft, I created Seattle City Council Insight, where I wrote about Seattle City Hall from November 2015 until December 2021. I still a weekly “Long Reads” column for the South Seattle Emerald, and I am a frequent contributor to Post Alley.
I have two beautiful twin daughters, Elly and Xanda. I raised them as a single dad from when they were 5 years old until they went off to college. They are the joy of my life.
Most of the time I live in Seattle, Washington. When not there, I can usually be found in Friday Harbor, Washington.
I volunteer at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. If you see a guy in a khaki vest with a nametag that says “Kevin” then it’s probably me — please say hi. I’m also on the Board of Directors of the Zoo.
I love to cook. After my kids went off to college, I used my newly-found free time to take lessons here. It changed my life, and it made me wish I’d done it a long time ago.
About six years ago I took up playing the guitar. A side effect of this seems to be a newfound desire to accumulate guitars. I now have