David C. Bloom ’65

2010 Distinguished Citizen Award

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David Bloom is an extraordinary civic and faith leader whose efforts have had a positive impact on thousands of individuals in his hometown of Seattle and beyond. As a minister who ran the urban ministry at the Church Council of Greater Seattle for 19 years, a teacher and organizer, a leader in the effort to end homelessness and, most recently, a candidate for public office, Bloom’s passion for social justice is manifest in all he does.

After graduating from Macalester, Bloom received his Master of Divinity at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Bloom has led numerous successful community-based initiatives to end homelessness. Among them, he was a leading advocate for a ballot measure to fund low-income housing in Seattle, which passed and which subsequently supported the construction of 10,000 new low-income housing units over the past 20 years. Because of the lasting impact they have on individuals, Bloom calls these initiatives among his proudest accomplishments.

In addition to serving his local community for the past 35 years, Bloom has been an active and engaged member of the Macalester community, regularly attending reunion—and entertaining with the ’60s folk group Dewey Decimal and the Librarians.

Every summer for the past 22 years, Bloom has joined dear friends from Macalester for a canoe trip in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The trips have become an annual, well-earned ritual of rest and renewal.