Small business owner. Community advocate.
Since moving to Seattle 25 years ago, Capitol Hill resident Albert Shen has invested his time and talent in advancing sustainable economic development and education policy. His passion for jobs and education grew from watching his immigrant parents toil and sacrifice as small business-owners to build a new life in America.
They instilled in Albert the value of hard work and education that he holds with him today. They also instilled in him a commitment to make his community and his environment a better place for future generations.
As a graduate of the University of Washington, with a degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry, Albert has owned his own small business, a transportation and engineering consulting firm for the last 15 years.
During that time, he has worked on some of the biggest transportation and construction projects in the region: Seattle Waterfront Redevelopment Program, Sea-Tac International Airport’s Third Runway, the new SeaTac Rental Car Facility, and many other transportation improvements in Seattle. This experience has given him insight into the transportation challenges facing Seattle.
Albert’s received the Seattle Mayor’s Small Business of the Year Award (2009) and the US Small Business Administration Region X Minority Champion of the Year Award (2012).
While growing his business, he has devoted himself to service in education, civil rights, women’s health and community development. He has established a reputation for his ability to find common ground and to inspire others to quickly focus on solutions and action. In 2009, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Albert to the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees. He has also served on many Seattle and regional boards, including for the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen Foundation, Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs, Vice Chair of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority and as a citizen member of the Seattle Fire Department Levy Oversight Committee.
Albert and his wife Nancy have two children, Rachel and Alex.