Mentor List

Chris Longston

Longston, Chris

Job Title: Library Technology Officer
Company: Seattle Public Library
Industry: Non-profit
Mentor Since: Fall 2009
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

Chris is responsible for aligning the technology vision with the overall organizational strategy and overseeing all aspects of technology, including implementation of strategic initiatives as well as operational support for the technical infrastructure, computing devices and business systems.

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 continues his focus on serving the community in his current role with the Seattle Public Library.


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