Meet the Director

Andrés Mantilla

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Andrés first joined the City in 2008 as a member of Mayor Greg Nickels' community outreach team. In this role he served as a liaison to a number of neighborhood, business, and other interest groups in the Seattle area. After nearly two years in this role, Andrés was tasked with designing, organizing, and implementing the City's South Park Bridge Response Plan as a Community Capacity Manager in the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. During this time, he supported the implementation of over 165 neighborhood improvement projects that were part of the South Park Action Agenda and developed a more inclusive outreach model for minority-owned businesses and service organizations in South Seattle.

Building on this work, Andrés moved to the Seattle Office of Economic Development in 2011 where he worked to connect small businesses with government resources and programs while helping immigrant and refugee businesses receive equitable access to information, capital, and other opportunities. 

In 2014, interested in exploring new approaches for community engagement and development work, Andrés left the City to pursue opportunities in the private sector. But, owing to his deep sense of commitment to civic affairs, Andrés was delighted when he was invited to lead Mayor Durkan's External Outreach team. In May 2018, he was asked by Mayor Durkan to serve as the Interim Director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. He was officially confirmed as Director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods by Seattle City Council on September 17, 2018.  

Andrés' service to Seattle  has not been limited to municipal government. In addition to having served as the Chair of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, he was the Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and a board member of One America Votes.