Sandeep has broad experience in political and public affairs consulting work in Seattle. In addition to his extensive public relations, political communications and strategic advisory work for elected officials and civic leaders, governments and non-profits, he has worked on multiple political campaigns in the Northwest, including numerous issue and ballot measure campaigns. And Sandeep’s current practice includes dealing with complicated, high profile policy issues in Seattle, including affordable housing, issues around ridesharing services, short-term rental regulation, transit funding and universal pre-K.
Kaushik consulted on the successful campaigns of the last two elected mayors of Seattle. Previously, Sandeep handled the communications and messaging for Dow Constantine’s victorious campaign to become King County Executive in 2009, for the successful effort to defeat two liquor privatization initiatives on the 2010 Washington State ballot and the decisive victory to over well-funded casino interests that sought to win voter approval for a private casino just outside Portland, OR in 2012, among many others, and with numerous city levy campaigns, including the Metropolitan Parks District campaign, the Preschool Pilot campaign, the Move Seattle campaign, the Housing Levy campaign and the Seattle Bus Service Expansion initiative.
Between 2005 and April 2007, Sandeep worked as deputy communications director for then-King County Executive Ron Sims, and prior to that he worked as a political columnist/writer for Seattle’s influential alt-weekly, the Stranger, and as the Seattle correspondent for Time Magazine and the Boston Globe. He has a B.A. in history from Reed College and an M.A. in history from Princeton University. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) board of directors. He lives in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood with his wife and two children.