OUR OTHER
PASSIONS.

Volunteerism

Touchstone employees contribute their time to organizations that are striving to make the Seattle area healthier and stronger.

Commercial Real Estate Women
Downtown Seattle Association
Economic Development Council of King County
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Forterra
Haiti Babi
Metropolitan Improvement District (DSA)
NAIOP
Redmond High School Girls Golf Boosters
Ronald McDonald House
American Cancer Society
St. John Women’s Shelter
Seattle Chamber
Seattle University School of Law
University of Washington Urban Land Institute

Philanthropy

Touchstone is proud to support the following local, regional, and national organizations through corporate and employee giving.

American Cancer Society
American Heart Society
Bellevue College
California Pacific Medical Center (ALS Research)
Capitol Hill Housing
Childhaven
Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Duke University
Forterra
Futurewise
Gilda’s Club
Girl Scouts
Haiti Babi
Lake Washington School District
Lukemia & Lymphoma Society
MIT
National Public Radio/ KUOW/ KPLU
North Seattle French School
Northwest Natural Resource Group
Oxfam
Pacific Science Center
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Red Cross Redmond High School
Ronald McDonald House
St. John School Seattle Humane Society
Seattle University School of Law
Susan G. Komen Foundation
University of Michigan
University of Washington
Urban Artworks
Water First
Wellspring Family Services
YWCA
YMCA Powerful Schools

Policy

As advocates for strategic and sensible growth, Touchstone is committed to policy decisions that help our industry, our city and its citizens, and our environment.

Speaking Engagements

  • Go Green Conference, Opening Plenary Panel, April 30, 2015
  • IREM Conference, Closing Keynote, “What is the Economy for Anyway”, September 2014
  • New Directions in Planning and Urban Design, “Affordable Cities/Affordable Living”, University o Washington, March 2014
  • “Energy Issues and the Structure of Financial Regulation”, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, November 2013
  • Keynote, Eco-El Paso Conference, January, 2013
  • “Aligning Regulation for Better Cities”, Oregon Business Institute, University of Oregon, November 2012
  • “Emergent Design In Cities”, Washington APA Conference, October 2012
  • Keynote, Seattle Design Festival, September 2012
  • “The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement and Waterfront Redevelopment Project”, Northwest Environmental Business Council, March 2012

Articles/Publications

  • “How Outdated Parking Laws Price Families Out of the City”, City Lab, September 2014
  • “That Parking Spot in Front of Your House Doesn’t Belong to You” Atlantic Cities, October 2012
  • “The Carbon-Efficient City” University of Washington Press, September 2012
  • “Today’s Hybrid Urban Technology Office” Daily Journal of Commerce, July 2011
  • “A Regional Approach to Economic Success” Seattle Times, April 2011
  • “Selling Shells” Metropolis Magazine, April 2011

Committee Work

  • Mayor’s committee on Affordable Housing 2013-14
  • Seattle Regulatory Reform Task Force 2011-12