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MOSCOSO, Luis Saúl

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MOSCOSO, Luis Saúl. (Dubuque, IA, May 30, 1950-- ). Luis, a first generation Peruvian-American, graduated from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ('68). While in high school, he formed the Dutch Uncle rock band in 1967 and sang with them for two years. While attending his 40th high school reunion he came up with the idea of having a Dutch Uncle reunion performance that led to the creation of ROCK 'N' ROLL REWIND in 2010.

Continuing his education, Luis received a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Major Anthropology) from the University of Iowa ('74). After two years of graduate school working for the Iowa State Archaeologist, he moved to Mountlake Terrace, Washington in 1976. He became a labor organizer with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1576 in Everett, Washington serving as their President-Business Agent for four terms while working for Community Transit (CT). He joined the CT's Executive Management Team in 1996 as their Organizational Improvement Specialist. In 1996 Moscoso entered the Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology in Walnut Creek, California. He graduated with a Certificate in Organizational Development in 1998.

Luis returned to Community Transit as an organization improvement specialist from 1996 to 2000. Leaving this position, he worked as a staff representative for the Washington Public Employees Association in Shoreline, Washington from 2001 to 2006 and served as the state party secretary for the Washington State Democratic Party from 2005 until 2010. He worked as Government Relations Director for the Washington Public Employees Association, WPEA/UFCW 365 from 2001 until his retirement in 2009.

Luis Moscoso represented the 1st District in the Washington State Legislature from 2010-2016. He was the first Latino (male) elected to legislature. Previously he had served three terms as the State Secretary of the Washington State Democratic Party, 2005-2010. He was House Majority Vice-Chair of the House Transportation Committee and sponsored legislation regarding voting rights, public safety and criminal justice reform, and transportation revenue funding.

Luis has been a volunteer tutor/mentor and board member with the Neutral Zone, an award winning anti-gang program that worked with at-risk youth, while serving as a member of the Mountlake Terrace City Council Community Policing Advisory Board. He was a founding member of the Communities of Color Coalition of Snohomish County (C3), the NAACP-Snohomish County, and the Snohomish County Citizen’s Committee for Human Rights.

In 2016 he served on the following boards: Institute for Washington's Future (IWF); University Beyond Bars (UBB); Latino Educational Training Initiative (LETI); The Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation; and All Aboard WA!.

In 1852 Luis' maternal great great grandfather John BUTT, a German émigré and Dubuque pioneer, founded a company that manufactured wagons and a general stock of light-running vehicles. His great great grandchildren, Steve and Pattie Butt, operated BUTT'S FLORIST, started by their father, Jim, in the 1950s.



1. Luis Saúl Moscoso, Online: https://www.facebook.com/luis.moscoso/about?section=year-overviews&pnref=about

2. Luis Moscoso. e-mail, December 13, 2016

3. Luis Moscoso Facebook page, December, 2016