Posted by Jane Pryor on Sep 22, 2021
 I would like to welcome Alexander Liatsis as a new Young Rotary Leader, classification Real Estate. Alex’s proposer is Jeff Pyatt; his seconder is Mark Davis.
 Alex holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Canada. He was born in Toronto and earned his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science at Bishop’s University near Montreal, Quebec. A self-described history nerd with a strong interest in the Middle East, Alex earned a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Attending graduate school in Israel not only gave Alex the chance to study the region intensely and learn about the myriad issues at play there, but it’s also where he met his then-girlfriend, Madelaine Pyatt.
 After graduation, Alex returned to Canada, where he worked in PR in communications in Toronto, Ontario in stakeholder engagement projects across the province, including police reform and intercommunal bus transportation. However, after a few years apart, Alex and Madelaine rekindled their connection, which prompted his move to Seattle in 2017.
His first job here was with EnviroIssues continuing his work in stakeholder engagement. He worked on a large public project for the City of Shoreline and as communications lead for the West Sammamish River bridge replacement project in Kenmore.
To help him get better acquainted with Seattle’s business community, Alex’s father-in-law, Jeff Pyatt, introduced Alex to his personal network. It should come as no surprise that most of Jeff’s connections were Rotarians. This in turn led Alex to learn more about Rotary, and the more he learned, the more he wanted to become a member himself.
Coming from a family of real estate investors – Alex’s father was a successful commercial real estate investor – Alex recently joined Allied Property Experts (APEX) in Bellevue as lead associate and broker. He and Madelaine also work together as real estate investors on a small scale but are working on growing their portfolio.
Alex and Madelaine volunteer together, too – at least they did before COVID – with Homework Helpers, a nonprofit in Seattle’s central district. Alex and Madelaine spent one night a week at the Douglas Truth Library answering questions and helping students work through schoolwork problems.
Alex and Madelaine celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on September 5. They live in Rainier Valley with their black lab Nico and two cats.
Alex has already attended several of our weekly meetings and a meeting of the International Service Committee.  He is thrilled to be a Rotarian and looks forward to meeting you at future meetings.
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