Brian Gunn

Brian Gunn


Registered on Sunday the 27th of Feb, 2011

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My mother was born in North Carolina in the 1920s, a first-hand witness to the segregation of the Jim Crow South. But my grandparents taught her to believe that she was no better than anyone else just because of the color of her skin. She passed that belief in equal rights on to me, and I have lived by that basic precept my entire life. After graduating with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in English, I became a software testing engineer. I have worked in IT for 24 years, and I am currently employed in the aerospace industry. My community volunteer work has included habitat restoration along salmon-bearing streams here in the Puget Sound region, urban clean-up projects, as well as projects to provide food and shelter for the homeless. I proudly volunteer to teach elementary school students math and science. I believe our public school system needs participation from parents and non-parents to succeed. When a young person begins to see a future for themselves as an engineer or a scientist, I encourage them to strive for that goal. I have been married for 26 years, and my wife and I have a daughter who recently graduated from Washington State University.