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Downtown Recovery: A Return to the Office
DSA Virtual Access - Downtown Recovery: A Return to the Office
Downtown Seattle was the first urban core in the country to experience the economic impacts of COVID-19. In March 2020, more than 70% of downtown office workers shifted to remote work. Now that we’re in Phase 3 of reopening, employers are considering their return to downtown.

Join us on Thursday, April 22 for our next DSA Virtual Access event. Presented by Amazon, our three-part spring series will focus on various aspects of downtown recovery, including returning to the office.

In April, we’ll discuss the practical considerations of getting people back to work in the heart of the city. What are the health implications employers and employees need to consider as they contemplate a return to the office? What can workers expect of our transit system as they begin coming back? What do we know about employers’ timelines for returning, and how will offices change moving forward?

Join us as we welcome our panel of experts, including Dr. Vin Gupta, public health policy expert and critical care physician, Alex Hudson, executive director of Transportation Choices Coalition and Kris Richey Curtis, managing director of JLL. 
Amazon’s Senior Manager of Public Policy, Jared Axelrod, will also provide opening remarks.

Apr 22, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kris Richey Curtis
Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage Inc.
Kris has been active in Seattle’s commercial real-estate and business community for more than 16 years. At JLL, she specializes in brokerage and consulting services for corporate, tech, biotech and healthcare clients, including many large downtown and regional tenants. Kris serves on the boards of the Seattle Metro Chamber and Mary’s Place.
Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, MSc
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Health Metrics Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
A pulmonary/critical care physician, Vin has spent the past 15 years working worldwide to improve public health. Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been a regular health-policy analyst for NBC News and a frequent contributor to The New York Times and CNN. Vin also serves as principal scientist at Amazon, providing clinical and strategic leadership to the company’s internal and external COVID-19 response work.
Alex Hudson
Executive Director, Transportation Choices Coalition
TCC is a policy and advocacy organization that works at the state, regional and local levels to make transportation accessible to all. As its executive director, Alex works to ensure affordable, walkable, bike-friendly, vibrant communities connected by transit.