In his eleventh year of teaching, Nate Bowling is veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves and a graduate of the Evergreen State College. He was a 2014 recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Nate was also a recipient of the 2016 Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award from Evergreen.

He blogs about teaching and educational equity issues at and his writing has been published in the Washington Post, New York Observer, Huffington Post and Seattle Times. Nathan is a co-founder of Teachers United, a teacher-led education policy advocacy group and currently teaches AP Human Geography and AP Government & Politics at Lincoln High School, in his hometown of Tacoma.


We’re so excited to hear Nate share his expert knowledge at Genuine Hustle!
See what Nate is most looking forward to… and what we can expect to learn from him:

Q: What about Genuine Hustle are you most looking forward to? 

I normally speak to either a room full of students, a room full of teachers, or rooms full of education policymakers. This is a different opportunity. I am excited about the chance to speak to professionals from my context, but on their terms. I think that realtors have a massive, but poorly understood role in shaping communities. The work we do as educators is impacted by the work you do and the work I do shapes the communities where you’re selling homes.

Q: What will you be speaking about at Genuine Hustle?

I will be talking about the intersection of race, class and real estate. Specifically, we are going to address three points:

  • The historical legacy of past real estate practices on our current society
  • The current landscape in urban areas and the practices of real estate that shape it
  • The path forward toward a (hopefully) more equitable and just future

Q: What do you love about Tacoma?

This is the city of my birth. My mother moved here from El Dorado, Arkansas in the 1960s. My father moved here from Laurel, Mississippi about the same time. Tacoma has been good to me. I am two hours from the beach, two hours from wine country, and two hours from the ocean. Plus, I can afford a home here—unlike in Seattle or Portland. During the past two years, I have visited over twenty countries and have spoken all over the nation, but there is nowhere else I would rather be.

Thank you very much to the PREMIER sponsors of Genuine Hustle, Windermere Professional Partners!