When we sat down for lunch at his son Greg’s restaurant, Daman’s Bar and Grill in Redmond, what struck me was not only Santos’ depth of community service, but how enthusiastically he embraced the mission of CFN. Here’s what he had to say…
“I am honored that you invited me to join the CFN Advisory Board! We need more civic-minded people like Dick Spady who put their resources behind such worthwhile organizations. If there is one thing I believe in, it is the need for all of us; individuals, cities and organizations to work together in a more collaborative way to address the many problems our society faces.
The work on young adult unemployment certainly needs focus and I look forward to being part of the important discussion on this subject and other future subjects to come.”
And here is more about Santos’ life and commitment to community values:
Santos Contreras received a degree in business from Seattle University in 1958 where he served as student body Vice President. After college, he served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Ordinance Corps for two years.
Employed by the Boeing Company in Seattle, his distinguished 38-year career included the positions of Personnel Executive and Compensation Manager, and Union Relations Director in the corporate offices. As Union Relations Director he was responsible for negotiating and administering contracts with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and the Boeing Pilot’s Union.
He was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 1991 and served on the council for 12 years. While on the council, he served on the Public Safety and the Finance Committees and was elected Deputy Mayor. Santos was also an original member of the Board of Directors of the Cascade Water Alliance.
Very active in the community, Santos was awarded the Community Service Award in 1984 by the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the Moss Bay Celebration for four years and co-chaired the Moss Bay 10K fun run for ten years. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for Childhaven in Seattle, the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Performance Center and the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees
A Kirkland citizen for over 36 years, Santos has been married to Sue for 45 years and has two grown sons who both graduated from the University of Washington.