Derek Chartrand is a proud third generation Washingtonian! Born on March 5th 1968 in Bellevue Washington. Shortly after birth our family moved to Whatcom County as my Father, Rick began teaching at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wa. A few years later my dad had an opportunity to start a more than two decades career at Boeing and we moved back to Redmond. My Mother Bev who previously worked at Pacific Northwest Bell stayed at home raising my brother and I. As a child of a middle class family I attended Ben Rush Elementary, Rose Hill Junior High before graduating Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA. My 6th and 7th grade was attending Marshalswick School in St Albans, United Kingdom as my dad was transferred with Boeing and taught me tremendous lessons of independence, perseverance and the value of friendships.
Following High School I worked as a Municipal Bond Trading Clerk at a Seattle based Financial Services company before embarking on my college education that culminated at UC Berkeley having studied Forestry Management and Drama. Having worked my way through college by loading trucks for United Parcel Services, working for the PMA doing Longshoreman work on the Seattle waterfront during Holiday breaks, selling tires for Sears and delivering results to clients as a personal trainer at a gym, some at the same time reinforced the lessons my mom and dad taught me of hard work and goal setting.
Meeting my wife Rose and her daughter over 22 years ago on a blind date, we have had a blended family for over 17 years since our marriage. Together we have two creative and athletic boys and a beautiful, intelligent and accomplished daughter. All our children have had the opportunity to be proud second generation students at the same public K-12 schools I attended, having learned from some of the same teachers that invested in me.
As a young child of 10 years old, my sense of entrepreneurial spirits were unknowingly converging with environmentalism as I established and serviced used newspapers “Pick Up” customers in the surrounding neighborhood with my “Little Red Wagon”. Paying my mom a fee to help me transport the newsprint to the recycle center helped me earn my first “Cool” Schwinn bicycle.
From age 13-16, I was a Seattle Times news carrier, learning and demonstrating accountability, salesmanship and a strong work ethic. Delivering papers 365 days a year in rain, shine, snow or sleet OK, mainly rain, earning a nice income and rewarded with sales recognition trips to Disneyland, Vancouver BC and Big Mountain Montana Skiing and making great friends I still have today.
16 years old meant “Driving” and my first W2 job at Randy’s Moss Bay Union 76 gas station in Kirkland teaching me the value of preventative maintenance. Through my involvement with DECA in High School I moved on to working for QFC and Generra Sportswear and the famous Northwest eatery Dukes run by John “Duke” Moscrip.
After College I saw the technology wave approaching and joined the telecommunications industry selling services for the likes of Frontier and AT&T relocating back to Washington in 1999 to provide support for my mother that was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. Achieving success was put into perspective when my Mother finally passed away in 2008.
The great recession humbled our family like many of yours forcing tough decisions, hardships and to re-aim or efforts reminding me we all are Americans with Hope! Loosing my Father in 2018 to complications of a stroke was difficult and bittersweet.
Working today in the environmental industry has provided me great satisfaction reducing greenhouse gasses while providing industry with a return on their investment. This creates a Win-Win for our community and Country! I consider myself to be a “Compassionate Capitalist” and have high Hope for our future.
People and their diverse life experiences make this District the Greatest place to live and is a beacon of light for the next generations to call Washington home.
I look forward to learning from you on the campaign trail as I hear your stories and we find common ground. We are Washingtonians, We are Americans!