A Voice for Seattle Restaurants
The Seattle Restaurant Alliance is a voice for Seattle restaurants, advocating on behalf of the more than 2,700 restaurants in Seattle.
Our mission: To develop an active network of restaurant owners, operators and managers focused on the issues that impact the Seattle restaurant community.
Principles to live by as Seattle restaurateurs:
Be a resource to fellow restaurateurs and of value to the community
Create a healthy and sustainable business environment
Operate responsibly and ethically
Help your employees and community prosper
Seattle Restaurant Alliance board members
Board President, Government Affairs Committee
Elliott Bay Brewing Co., Member Engagement Committee
Boon Boona Coffee, Communications Committee
Jerk Shack, Communications Committee
Linda Di Lello Morton
Terra Plata, Government Affairs Committee and Philanthropy Committee
Rachel’s Bagels and Burritos, Member Engagement Committee and Philanthropy Committee
Tom Douglas Restaurant, Member Engagement Committee
SEATTLE RESTAURANT ALLIANCE STAFF
Director of Local Government Affairs
John Lane joined the SRA in July 2015. He brings extensive public policy experience from his previous experience as legislative and legal counsel at the Office of Financial Management (2013-2015), a senior policy advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee on public safety and government operations (2013), executive policy adviser to Chris Gregoire (2005-2013) and the assistant attorney general (2001-05). He holds a law degree from Seattle University and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.
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Local Government Affairs Senior Manager
Austin Miller joined the SRA in March of 2021. He brings a decade of experience working in government and political roles in the Seattle area. Prior to joining the SRA, Austin worked in several positions for the City of Seattle, including two mayor’s offices, and the Department of Education and Early Learning. He has also worked on a number of political campaigns, ranging from managing the 2014 preschool for all campaign in Seattle to serving on Senator Cantwell’s 2012 re-election campaign. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington.
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Local Government Affairs Manager
Skylar Schmitt joined the association in June 2022. Since 2016, Skylar has worked on a variety of political campaigns in both field and finance consulting roles. In 2020 she was the Director of Outreach for Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland’s successful campaign in Washington’s Congressional District 10. Most recently Skylar worked as a fundraising consultant for political campaigns and non-profits across the country. She holds a B.A. in political science from Western Washington University.
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Local Government Affairs Assistant Coordinator
Autumn Freund joined the association in January 2023. Autumn grew up in the hospitality industry, working as a cashier in her parents’ bakery in high school and then as a waitress in college.
In 2022, Autumn worked as an intern for State Senator Marko Liias of Washington’s 21st Legislative District.
She holds a B.A. in political science and geography from the University of Washington.
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