Jim Lauinger was raised and educated in Portland, Oregon and moved to NYC to complete a graduate program in business at NYU. For the next 35 years he worked in the department store sector and later owned stores in Kirkland, Washington. While in Kirkland during the 90’s he became involved with public service on the Eastside culminating with the Kirkland Planning Commission, the City Council, and finally as a two term Mayor of Kirkland. In 2000, he was one of 79 national recipients of the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leader Award. He has served the Eastside with membership on numerous human service boards, and finally sought out a Board Membership at Real Change through his acquaintance with his Issaquah vendors, his love for Real Change News, and for the organization’s mission as a voice for economic justice for our low income and homeless neighbors.
Email: Jiml (at) realchangenews (dot) org