Dan McGrady, Youth & Government Board Chair

Last updated: October 13, 2021, at 8:59 a.m. PT

Originally published: May 3, 2021, at 7:39 p.m. PT

Get to know Dan McGrady, Board Chair through our Question & Answer session!

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Q. How are you involved in Youth & Government? And how long?
A: I joined Youth & Government about six years ago. I have served a couple of different roles on the Board of Directors and now serve as Board Chair, an exciting opportunity for a civics nerd like me!

Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering for Youth & Government?
A: It is always the people. The students who participate in our programs provide hope and inspiration. Youth & Government is fortunate to have fantastic and passionate staff and volunteers. Our Board is a dedicated group that champions hands-on educational opportunities for youth.

Q: What was your path to becoming a lobbyist?
A: Good question! I started my political career on political campaigns and then worked in the state legislature and the Seattle City Council for several years. I experienced how government can solve problems, enhance opportunities for many, and do hard things. It was a natural fit for me to join Vulcan Inc. to help them redevelop the South Lake Union neighborhood. Now, I am at PEMCO working for our policyholders, company, and the communities we serve. In short, I like helping people.

Q: If you could hold any elected position in Washington State, what would it be and why?
A: I can’t think of one right now. Maybe I will create one. The King of Karaoke has a certain ring to it.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A full-time volunteer. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things I do. You can also do as much or as little as you want.

Q: Words of wisdom for high school teens planning for their future?
A: Try a lot of different things. Don’t worry about the haters and detractors—be yourself. Keep an open mind about nearly everything.

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I am tone deaf and can’t sing to save my life, but I am a MOST enthusiastic karaoke singer/performer.