Alex Hur started his government relations company, South Cove Strategies, in 2010 to represent organizations committed to serving students, families living on low income, disenfranchised and/or marginalized communities, and protecting the most vulnerable residents of our state. His policy interests are: Increasing access to human services and affordable housing, intergenerational approach to poverty reduction, utilizing technology to increase efficiency and efficacy of service delivery, and common sense criminal justice reform.
Working within existing coalitions and building new alliances, Alex has protected and secured funding for affordable housing, chemical dependency treatment, juvenile rehabilitation camps, shelters for runaway and street youth, public assistance grants, and programs to assist bilingual students and English language learners. In addition, he has led on efforts to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act, save financial aid for vocational education students, criminal justice reform, increase access to elections, and efforts to increase the availability and effectiveness of after-school programs, among others. Alex welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations that share his mission of making our community more equitable, healthy, and prosperous.
When Alex is not in Olympia for legislative session, he resides in the White Center neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Samantha and their dog, Kima. He is an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Neil Beaver grew up on a ranch in rural Northeastern Washington. He studied Geology at Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University. Early in his career Neil worked as an advocate for water related issues in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana. Some of his accomplishments while in that role include adding the Spokane River to the Superfund list and lead a campaign to fund a three million dollar bi-state aquifer study that also created a collaborative process between local, state, and federal governments in both Washington and Idaho. He then went on to work as Sr. Staff to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown from 2004-2008. He then joined a large Political Consulting firm in the Bay Area where he was an adviser on ballot measure campaigns such as, the creation of the Sonoma and Marin county lite rail system, multiple local tax measures for schools and police and fire district funding.
Now Neil is a Political Consultant and contract Lobbyist. He has managed and consulted on statewide ballot measures to stop Initiatives that would harm the state’s ability to raise revenue and also work on a campaign to establish more restrictive campaign finance laws as well as a number of legislative candidates in Eastern and Western Washington. His lobby efforts are focused on Climate Change, Wildfire, Wildlife, managing the state’s solid waste streams, and helping organization that represent underserved populations. In his spare time, Neil enjoys all things fitness, playing in the woods, reading Northwest history and Science Fiction, and eating and cooking good food.