Kevin makes a difference.  He has a broad background that allows him to work well with a wide range of people.  He’s committed to building communities and tackling large regional issues such as

  • Housing affordability
  • Workforce development and social services for the developmentally disabled
  • Family support
  • Mental health and substance abuse counseling

Importantly, Kevin has demonstrated results in such roles.  It’s about actually getting things done for people, not just adding line items or endorsements to a bio.

To earn a living, Kevin has focused on commercial real estate brokerage, helping businesses lease and buy buildings to accommodate growth.  Kevin has helped companies add business space and hire thousands of new employees over the years.  He’s also completed redevelopment projects including the recently re-opened Browne’s Star Grill buildings, historic icons Kevin and partners have revitalized, keeping them from the wrecking ball; a tremendous uplift for the Hilltop neighborhood and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Browne’s Star Grill renovation


2012 eyesore.


2013 renovation concept.


2017 renovation nears completion. Red Elm cafe operational.

Sustainability is also a key element of Kevin’s world view.  His professional work includes many triple-bottom-line projects, that the best decisions consider people-and-planet, not just maximizing financial profits.

  • Kevin helped a client adapt and reuse a cross-dock warehouse into a state-of-the-art, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold light manufacturing facility.
  • He developed two community solar projects, adding over 70 kilowatts (kW) of renewable energy production using Washington’s Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery program.  
  • The Browne’s Star rehabilitation saved a neighborhood icon and kept many tons of existing building from going to a landfill.

Wood Stone Community Solar project, 48 kW.

Shoreline community solar generates 48 kilowatts (kW). Members enjoy rebates and credits.


Kevin is a SpaceWORKS Board member. SpaceWORKS pairs artists and entrepreneurs with unoccupied commercial office spaces, trains business skills and transitions business owners to self-reliance within one year, boasting an 80% success rate.


McKinley Park work party.


Storm water mitigation discussion with concerned citizens.

Commercial Renovation Award Landmarks Commission 2017

Outstanding Achievement for Commercial Renovation award recipient.


City Club land use and development panelist.

Anthony and Kevin

Hilltop Business Association presidents Anthony Steele (current) and Kevin Grossman (former).


McKinley Park work party with Jorie Adkins, Tara & Lynnette Scheidt.


2016 Know-Your-Ropes presentation.


Snohomish County Echo Lake restoration.

Kevin served in the US Navy, with his final duty on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), based in Norfolk, Virginia.  His early work history included retail, delivering newspapers, performing yard work, providing property management services, starting two property-related companies, running a photo lab and serving as a commercial building photographer.

Kevin’s education has been wide ranging and continuous.  He’s completed course work at Gonzaga University, Tidewater Community College, North Seattle Community College, many real-estate industry courses, finance, land use and business.  Kevin earned a MBA from the University of Washington.  He’s a writer and speaker, enjoying the opportunity to share information which benefits others.

“I really like people and always look for ways I can help.  As someone with a respectful number of accomplishments, my collaborating and coaching skills help people and groups get projects done and issues addressed.”

A natural leader who enjoys helping groups grow and succeed, Kevin started his more serious community involvement when he lived in Shoreline, leading the Echo Lake neighborhood group,  Aurora Corridor Citizen Policy Advisory Committee and Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Small Business Round-table groups.  He was elected to the Shoreline City Council and then selected by fellow Council members to be Deputy Mayor.

Kevin has published articles for the Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound, written articles on business space decision-making for the Washington Software and Washington Technology Industry Associations.  Kevin was an appointee to the King County Economic Development Board, led a reorganization as Board president for the Center for Human Services (for which he was the co-recipient of its first Board Member Emeritus award) and a Board and finance committee member for Parkview Services, providing housing for developmentally disabled persons.

In Tacoma, Kevin got engaged with the Hilltop Business District, becoming its President for 5 years.  During his tenure, the District expanded the Hilltop Street Fair, increased membership five-fold and developed strong working relationships with a diverse range of City and Hilltop stakeholders.

Kevin is the Vice-Chair of the Bates Technical College General Advisory Council.  As President of the Cross District Association, an umbrella organization of active Tacoma neighborhood business districts, Kevin has been involved in the revitalization of the Lincoln International Business District.

Kevin is interested in what people think.  To address issues, he listens and learns first, then works with stakeholders and professionals to develop solutions.

Kevin’s regional and State-level policy involvement started with Governor Locke’s appointment, and the Washington State Senate’s confirmation, of Kevin as a Trustee of Shoreline Community College.  Governor Gregoire appointed him to represent for-profit rental housing owners on the State’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board and Governor Inslee re-appointed Kevin, making him its Vice-Chair.  The Tacoma City Council appointed Kevin to the City’s Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group.

Healthy businesses contribute to healthy neighborhoods. Kevin has revitalized buildings and business districts, improving life quality for people in the neighborhood, people working at businesses and small business owners, too.


As a business person with an extensive background in community advocacy, social services, environmental sustainability and history as a productive elected official, Kevin has the essentials to make a difference as a Tacoma City Council member, advocating for his home District 4, the City and region with insightful, balanced representation.