Mentor List

Chris Longston

Longston, Chris

Job Title: Technology & Nonprofit Advisor
Company: Seattle Public Library (retired)
Industry: Non-profit
Mentor Since: Fall 2009
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

I retired from my role as Chief Technology Officer at Seattle Public Library in July 2022. I'm currently taking some time off to explore how I can best positively impact my community and the most underserved among us.

Company Description

The Seattle Public Library has been part of the Seattle community since shortly after the city’s founding. Since 1891, we have grown from a single reading room in Pioneer Square to a world-class Library system with 27 locations. In 2020, SPL was named Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year for their radically improved service to vulnerable communities and groundbreaking work on racial equity.

Employment History

Chris spent 27 years at PACCAR in a variety of executive positions in the US and Europe. He was responsible for developing IT strategies to support business initiatives in sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, finance and after-market support. In 2013, Chris joined Altruist Partners to pursue his passion of working with non-profits to help them magnify the impact of their work. In 2018, he joined the Pacific Science Center in a role that brought together his background with both technology and nonprofits. Chris continued his focus on serving the community by joining  the Seattle Public Library in 2020.


MBA - Seattle University
BS - Washington State University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I enjoy helping students leverage their Seattle U. degree and plan for their next career steps. Topics I've covered in past years include resume writing/reviews, interviewing, networking, job searches, setting up informational interviews, and tours of various facilities where I've worked. My style in informal and interactive. I expect students to bring their ideas of what they want to accomplish, be proactive in scheduling meetings, and be engaged in the discussion.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Flexible - I work and live in Seattle