|Address||11900 NE 1st St |
Bellevue, Washington , United States
|| August 22, 1981
Nov 21, 2018 10:28pm
Iranian - Blind - Catholic -
|Info||Cyrus Habib is a technology lawyer and community volunteer. He grew up in Bellevue and is a proud product of Bellevue Public Schools. Having lost his eyesight at age 8 to a rare form of childhood cancer, he learned early the importance of equal opportunity, hard work, and a quality education. |
After winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, Cyrus attended Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the law review. He returned to Bellevue following his graduation, and works at the Seattle-based law firm of Perkins Coie, where he assists startup technology firms with their early-stage legal needs. He is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, and understands the needs of small businesses on the Eastside.
A disability advocate, Cyrus has testified before the U.S. Congress and written publicly on the importance of making currency accessible to blind and low-vision Americans, and before both houses of the Washington State legislature in support of tougher "distracted driving" laws. In 2009, King County Executive Dow Constantine nominated Cyrus to serve on the county's Civil Rights Commission, where he has championed the rights of the disabled in our community.
Cyrus is a Human Services Commissioner for the city of Bellevue, which makes funding decisions with respect to the needs of the city's most vulnerable residents, including children, those seeking employment, and the elderly. He is proud to serve as a Trustee of the Bellevue College Foundation, which raises scholarship funds to help economically disadvantaged students of the college. He serves on the board of the Bellevue Downtown Association, and on the advisory board of Overlake Hospital's Pulse! fundraising program. He also mentors and coaches high school students with mock trial and with the college admissions process.
Cyrus enjoys spending time with his family, visiting the region's many and varied restaurants, playing jazz piano, and traveling. He is a member of the St. James Cathedral parish.