Dec. 18, 2015

FrazerWeb(1)Tukwila School Board members last evening unanimously appointed Ricardo Frazer to fill the open seat in Director District 4.

“We agreed that Ricardo’s depth of community and district involvement made him overall the best candidate,” said Board President Steve Mullet. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the school board.”

Frazer has three children, two Foster High graduates and one Showalter Middle School student. He has been an active volunteer in Tukwila schools for a decade, serving on parent-teacher committees, the district’s Race and Equity Task Force, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Parent Advisory Committee, among others.

“I believe that as an African-American and an Afro-Latino male, my perspective on issues the board grapples with may provide insights that may otherwise not be available to the board,” Frazer said. “I am committed to working in partnership and in unison with board members and understand the complexity of the work board members are expected to fulfill.”

Frazer is also a community leader and arts proponent (especially music). He is the former chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and now serves on Seattle’s Film and Music Commission. He is a Matt Griffin YMCA Board Member and a previous member of the Executive Committee for the Seattle Theatre Group Board of Directors. Professionally, Frazer is a pioneer of the music business in Seattle. He oversees the creative direction of media companies and has managed artists such as Sir Mix A Lot.

Ricardo was selected from a pool of three candidates who applied for the school board vacancy. Mark Wahlstrom resigned from the Director District 4 seat in September because he was moving out of the district boundaries. The seat was up for election in November, but the candidate running also became ineligible after moving out of district. The school board then became responsible for appointing a community member for the position.

“We are thankful to each of the three who applied,” Mullet said. “We were impressed by their passion, leadership capacity, and dedication to students.”

Frazer will serve two years, until the next general election for Tukwila school board members.