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Meet the 2015 Finalists: Seattle City Club’s Civic Bootcamp (Runner-Up)

Posted by Michelle Harden & Marrione Camacho

In 1980, eight women got together to form CityClub in Seattle.  Many civic organizations, such as Rotary International, were open to men only. The founders of CityClub were determined their new organization would be open to all and would provide a nonpartisan forum for ideas and debate. Since its first program in 1981, CityClub has sponsored thousands of dialogues, discussions and candidate forums featuring local, regional and national experts and leaders.

Seattle CityClub provides a space to talk about the issues that impact our lives. They want dialogue that is passionately nonpartisan with connections to leaders and local government and including tools and inspiration to make a difference. Today, 47,000 Washingtonians engage with each other through programs that bridge politics and generations. The mission is to inform, connect and engage the public to strengthen the civic health of our region. The vision is that, along with natural wonder, innovative business and vibrant culture, the Puget Sound region is defined by informed citizens engaged with their leaders in effective democracy.

As an established non-profit, they entered their new program in the Fast Pitch competition. Civic Boot Camp is a day-long training to educate, connect and empower Puget Sound residents so they can make a difference as community leaders.

Check out the full list of Finalists here.