Olaf Kvamme was an active member in Seattle's education and historical organizations. From 1949-1987 he worked in the Seattle public schools as a teacher, principal, director and assistant superintendent. During that time, he was the President of Seattle Grade Teachers Association and the Seattle Administrative and Supervisory League. In 1981 Olaf was named King County Outstanding Public Employee of the Year by the Municipal League of Seattle and King County for his work in education. He served as President of the Nordic Heritage Museum and is a Charter member of the Department's Advisory Board.