Biography

Legislature:
  • Assistant Minority Floor Leader
  • Ranking Minority Member on House Education Committee
  • House Higher Education Committee
  • House Technology & Economic Development Committee
  • House Rules Committee
  • Quality Education Council
  • Career Education Opportunities Joint Legislative Task Force
  • Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation
  • Governor's Work Group on Education Funding
  • Joint Legislative Systems Committee
  • Technology Services Board
Community:
  • Elected as Issaquah School Board President in 2011
  • Elected as School Board Legislative Representative in 2009
  • Elected to WSSDA Legislative Committee in 2009 & 2011
  • Appointed NSBA Legislative Coordinator for Congressional District 8
  • Appointed to Washington Online Learning Advisory Committee
  • Treasurer and executive board member for Kiwanis Club of Issaquah
  • Coordinator for Stand for Children and Safe Roads for Issaquah PACs
  • 2009 Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate
  • 2011 graduate of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
Career:
  • Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell
  • 12 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy
  • 10 years as a full-time manager at Microsoft
  • 10 years as a software design consultant
  • Over 20 Microsoft patent awards
Family:
  • Married for 25 years to wife Galen
  • Father of teenage boys Quinn and Duncan
  • 19 years living in the 5th Legislative District

Chad was appointed to the Issaquah School Board in 2008 and elected in November of 2009. He served as Legislative Representative from 2009 to 2011 and was elected as President in 2011.  His efforts on the board have helped the district maintain high standards despite nearly $16 million in cuts.  For the past two years the district has received the highest rating in the state from the Center for American Progress for “Return on Educational Investment” (student achievement per dollar spent), maintaining the lowest administrative overhead in King County for an average savings of $4 million annually.  For the past 3 years, the Issaquah school board has also been named Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) and maintained clean state audits.

Chad is also serving his second term on the WSSDA Legislative Committee and represents the 8th Congressional District to the Federal Relations Network of the National School Board Association.  As a 2009 PTA Outstanding Advocate, he was appointed to represent the Washington State PTA on the state’s new Online Learning Advisory Committee.  He is also a 2011 graduate of both Leadership WSSDA and the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute.  

Chad received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer followed by 10 years as a full-time program manager at Microsoft, where he shipped 16 products and received over 20 patent awards.  For the last 10 years, he’s been a freelance software design consultant for Microsoft as well as for Nike, Panasonic and other award-winning local high tech companies.

A resident of the Tiger Mountain community in Issaquah, Chad has been married 25 years to his wife Galen, a materials science engineer at Honeywell in Redmond.  They have two teenage boys who attend Liberty High School.  An avid conservationist, outdoorsman, cyclist and triathlete, Magendanz is a Kiwanis member, GOP precinct committee officer, PTSA legislative representative, and classroom volunteer.

How do you pronounce Magendanz?

sample imageWell, it rhymes with Häagen-Dazs, our favorite pseudo-Scandinavian ice cream company.  The origin of Magendanz is actually German, roughly translating to "belly dance" (sic).  And if you're looking for a hidden agenda, you'll find it.  The word "agenda" is literally embedded right there in the name.

Any relation to the folks on Lake Wobegon?

sample imageChad's aunt Felice lived in Minnesota and was friends with folks who worked with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, so you'll regularly hear about the antics of the Magendanz family on Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

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