Kay Smith-Blum - District V
Kay Smith-Blum has been an activist for Seattle Public Schools for 2 decades. A resident of Capitol Hill, she has been married 28 years to Butch Blum and is the mother of 3 sons. Her twin sons were among the last graduating class of the original Garfield High School building. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Seattle Public Schools, establishing the first annual fund in a Seattle public schools in 1990. Kay has developed numerous community building strategies and fundraisers in dozens of Seattle schools. In 2004, she coordinated a citywide fundraiser to close the budget gap in our elementary instrumental music programs, raising just under $200,000 for 70 elementary schools district wide. Her passion for the environment has led to multiple site improvements and school greenhouse programs.
A former executive of Neiman Marcus, Kay Smith-Blum was the first female buyer in the store’s men division. She participated in the company’s expansion over a 10 year period, opening over a dozen new locations nationwide and developed exclusive products in international markets. After relocating to the Northwest in 1981, she became co-owner and CEO of Butch Blum, Inc., a European specialty store founded in 1974.
Smith-Blum has served on the University of Washington Business School Advisory board, is a former chair of the marketing committee of the Downtown Seattle Association, a past board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Washington and was a founding board member of the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the PTSA boards of Montlake Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.
Over the last 25 years, Kay has coordinated numerous fundraisers for the benefit of multiple Puget Sound charities including the Seattle Symphony, the Perfect Solution (a PONCHO like fundraiser for 6 medical research entities), the Seattle Children’s Home, the Boys and Girls Club of King County, the Fred Hutch Cancer Institute, the Starlight Foundation, Environmental Endeavors at Montlake Elementary School and the Arthritis Foundation. She has a BBA from the University of Texas.
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