members get access to exclusive civic events. These impactful events bring community content to your front door, provide insightful content on the hottest topics in the community, and highlight ways you can make a difference.

Innovations in Homelessness – December 4, 2019 member Madrona Venture Group and partner CREATEt33 hosted this L&L hearing from entrepreneurial leaders who are rethinking how our community engages on homelessness. Attendees learned about how they’re attempting to address key issues as they blend technology, innovation and community. They learned about this complex ecosystem, how these models fill gaps, and what they could do to help! Panelists included: Shkelqim Kelmendi, Executive Director, Housing Connector and Jonathan Kumar, CEO, Samaritan.

Sustainability at work in local transit policy – October 2019

Uber hosted an environmentalism and sustainability themed event — hallmark issues in our region. As climate concerns continue to increase, our communities look for local solutions to help address the problem. We had an informative and action-oriented discussion with Former Councilmember Rob Johnson and Kelsey Mesher of Transportation Choices on how our community is taking on this challenge and what innovation workers can do to help.

Effective Interventions to Seattle Homelessness – May 2019 member Google hosted lunch with 160 tech workers to hear from local experts on homelessness. We explored how policy, programmatic tactics, and other factors influence this complex problem. Panelists included: Gordon McHenry Jr, CEO, Solid Ground; Paul Lambros, Executive Director, Plymouth Housing; Arthur Padilla, Interim Executive Director, Roots Young Adult Shelter. Alice Shobe, Director, Amazon in the Community moderated the event.

Legislative Session Preview – January 2019 CEO Nicholas Merriam and Amazon executive Eileen Sullivan led a conversation which included a broad range of topics, providing Democratic Representatives an opportunity to highlight their priorities, especially the “must address” issues for the upcoming session. Representatives Lauren Davis (District 32), Nicole Macri (District 43), and Noel Frame (District 36) were on hand in part to talk with their constituents.

Activating the innovation economy as a force for civic engagement in Seattle