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Get Involved

Share Your Voice

Do you want to make a lasting impact on the U District? Joining a committee, roundtable, or workgroup is your chance to get involved and learn about the issues and people shaping our neighborhood.

Clean & Safe Committee

The U District Clean & Safe Committee is a semi-monthly meeting open to all U District stakeholders who are interested in discussing learning about cleaning- and safety-related issues in the neighborhood. The committee meetings provide a venue for U District stakeholders to raise new issues, inform UDP staff about priorities, and to help shape clean and safe strategies for the neighborhood. This committee is co-chaired by Don Schulze–the President of U District Property Associates–and Aaron Hoard, the Interim Director of the Office of Regional & Community Relations, University of Washington. To learn more, contact Marcus Johnson at marcus@udistrictpartnership.org.

Marketing Roundtable

The U District Marketing Roundtable meets semi-monthly and is a network of business owners and marketing/communications professionals who meet to collaborate and contribute to sharing the positive attributes of the U District neighborhood to the broader region. To learn more, contact Pollyanna Yokokawa at pollyanna@udistrictpartnership.org.

Urban Vitality Committee

The U District Urban Vitality Committee meets monthly to advise UDP staff on planning, public space and policy issues. This committee serves as the nexus between the U District community and the developers, public officials, and organizations managing and implementing the transformational urban development taking place throughout the district. This committee is co-chaired by Stephen Antupit–a U District resident and leader of the Urban Design Studio at the City of Tacoma–and Phil Duff, the Director of Healthcare Design for SABArchitects. To learn more, contact Katy Ricchiuto at katy@udistrictpartnership.org.

Economic Development Committee

The U District Economic Development Committee meets quarterly to explore the economic forces at play in the U District, Seattle’s fastest-growing neighborhood. The committee also serves in an advisory capacity, and as a resource for UDP by providing input and guidance on work plans and initiatives. This committee is chaired by Moe Khan, the owner of Cedars Restaurant. To learn more, contact Daniel Lokic at daniel@udistrictpartnership.org

U District NE 42nd Street Green Street Visioning

The U District’s NE 42nd Street has been designated a “Green Street” and there is now grant funding to re-envision how this street can better serve the neighborhood and the growing residential, student and small business population along the corridor. In partnership with U District Advocates, UDP is working with community members and the City to convene stakeholders to guide the future of this critical gateway to the University of Washington Campus. To get involved or learn more, contact Katy Ricchiuto at katy@udistrictpartnership.org

U District Arts & Culture Initiative

The U District Arts & Culture Initiative launched in 2022 and serves as a working advisory group to advance, promote and sustain arts and culture in the U District. The group is composed of leaders from U District arts and cultural organizations, including departments and institutions affiliated with the University of Washington. Today, the group is actively working with UDP Staff and a hired consultant to develop an arts and culture agenda for the U District neighborhood. To learn more, contact Katy Ricchiuto at katy@udistrictpartnership.org

UDP Board Meetings

The UDP Board meets ten times per year and the UDBIA Ratepayer Advisory Board meets quarterly. The public is welcome to attend these meetings and there is an opportunity for public comment at the start of every meeting. 

To attend an upcoming meeting or to provide public comment, please contact Don Blakeney at don@udistrictpartnership.org.


Volunteers are the cornerstone of our community and we frequently have ways you can help. Please check back regularly for volunteer opportunities:

Community Clean-Up Days

From time to time, UDP hosts Community Clean Ups to gather friends of the District to service or clean special areas of the neighborhood. These events may include graffiti paint-outs, container gardening, or litter removal, for example. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of the next Community Clean-Up Day! For corporate groups interested in coordinating a Community Clean-Up Day in the U District, please contact Marcus Johnson at marcus@udistrictpartnership.org

Special Event Volunteers

The U District Partnership hosts events all year-round that invite the public to enjoy the best of the neighborhood. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when volunteer opportunities come available.