Assistant Professor at Ithaca College
Dr. Bradwell is an alumnus of Amsterdam High School (N.Y.); received a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester; an M.S. in education from Rochester’s Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development; and a Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University.
He has worked in for-profit education, public schools, and higher education. In 2009, Dr. Bradwell was elected to a three-year term to serve on the Ithaca City School District Board of Education. Through his professional, research, and personal involvement in education as well as his work with community.
Tompkins County Legislator
While an undergraduate at Cornell University, Nate was an activist in worker’s rights, civil rights advocacy, and environmental conservation groups. With the support of grassroots organizations both at Cornell and in the city of Ithaca, he chose to run for the Legislature upon graduation. Over the course of the election he secured the endorsements of the Working Families Party of NY, the LGBT Democratic Club, the SEIU Local 1199, and dozens of local leaders. Nate won a competitive three-way primary and was unopposed in the general election. At age 22, he became the youngest county legislator in the history of Tompkins County, New York.
Nate grew up in the predominantly Mexican American neighborhood of Roseland, within the California city of Santa Rosa. He saw how the city, despite its growing wealth, continued to disenfranchise and neglect his neighborhood. Rampant sprawl, gang violence, and crumbling city infrastructure were the norm for his side of town. As someone who has personally experienced the result of government shying away from its responsibilities; Nate works to make sure the same doesn’t happen here in Tompkins County, and that the focus always remains on the health and well-being of the people first.
Nate also serves on the board of the Ithaca Asian American Association. In 2006, Shinagawa was named the area’s top legislator on behalf of working families by the Central New York Labor Council (SEIU, UAW, IBEW, etc.). In 2008, the Japanese American Citizen’s League named Nate a Rising Champion in the Asian American community.
Nate is a 4th generation Japanese and Korean American. He attended Colby College, the University College of London, and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He also holds a Masters in Health Administration from the Cornell University Sloan Program in Health Administration. In addition to serving on the County Legislature, Nate is an Administrative Director at Robert Packer Hospital, part of the Guthrie Healthcare System.