Brian first fell in love with Washington state as a young boy on a family vacation to Seattle for the 1962’s World’s Fair. His formative years were spent in the midwest, growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation he decided to make Washington state his home, landing first in the Tri- Cities before moving to Everett in 1982.
Brian has been a small business owner and community leader in the Everett area for the past 30 years. A designer by trade, when he decided to make Everett his home he transitioned to designing office spaces and furniture sales. After two decades of working for furniture outfitters, he opened Hollingshead & Associates, helping clients design and plan their office spaces. In 2002, he purchased Everett Office Furniture, a local furniture showroom in downtown Everett.
Brian is the Vice-President of the Everett Rotary Club and is an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where he previously served as Church Council President. In addition to his civic endeavors, Brian volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and with Everett School District. He resides in Everett with his wife Valerie, and they have two adult daughters, Libby and Olivia, both graduates of the Everett Public Schools.
Giving every student the opportunity to achieve their full potential means providing the resources to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, fully fund special education, and provide pathways for students to make decisions for their future.
Everett is home to students of diverse backgrounds and aspirations, which is why we can’t take a cookie cutter approach to K-12 education. That's why I'll prioritize Advanced Placement, College in the High-School, Running Start for students interested in higher education, while increasing apprenticeships and skills -based learning opportunities for those pursuing a technical vocation.
It’s important that the school board have the highest quality administrators who prioritize retaining and supporting quality educators. With rapid population growth, facilities are over-crowded, and class sizes are too big. We need to continue to develop and improve district facilities to make sure our students are learning in class rooms, not portables.