EDSON IVES ZAVALA, P.M.P.
Manager, Office of Equity & Economic Inclusion, Seattle Department of Transportation
Edson Ives Zavala leads the Office of Equity & Economic Inclusion for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) where he oversees the WMBE, Title VI, and Race & Social Justice Initiative programs. His office aims to ensure opportunity and fairness for all engaged in and affected by SDOT’s work, and facilitates the department’s commitment to race & social justice as well as equity in contracting.
Edson joined SDOT in 2014 as the WMBE Advisor and was appointed manager of the newly created Office of Equity & Economic Inclusion in 2016 in order to orchestrate a comprehensive and cohesive approach to issues of equity and economic inclusion. He created several new initiatives, including the WMBE Advocate Series, Working With SDOT, and Intro to SDOT Spanish language workshops.
Edson was recently appointed to Core Team Five, which is a group of City of Seattle professionals from various backgrounds that work toward solving citywide issues of race and social justice. He also participates in SDOT's RSJI Change Team and City of Seattle Latino Employees affinity group. As a board member for Tabor 100 and chair of the Economic Development Committee, Edson regularly listens to and assists minority owned businesses with their challenges and aspirations. His dedication to the development of new small businesses has lead Edson to be a volunteer coach with the nonprofit Ventures in his spare time. Edson is also an active member of the Project Management Institute's Puget Sound chapter, where he regularly participates in the PMO Roundtable.
Edson came to Seattle from San Antonio where he led the application of that city's affirmative procurement and mandatory contract inclusion program known as SBEDA. He also administered the City of San Antonio's Bonding Assistance & Mentor Protege Program, which was aimed at developing the capacity of small, minority and women-owned businesses.
Edson Ives Zavala joins the Member Panel at "Preparing for Effective Engagement" 3-part MBE development series.