Welcome!

Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through innovative research and imaginative advocacy. We’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup.

We research ideas and propose solutions to elected officials, opinionmakers, and the American people. We uncover the harmful consequences of right wing initiatives, particularly those sponsored by Tim Eyman. NPI is very different from most institutions – in part, that’s because it’s been built by activists, for activists. Our most important resources are human energy (your energy!) and the Internet – the most democratic medium for communication ever invented.

We exist to organize and mobilize progressive thinkers, and give activists an outlet to make their voices heard.

Join us for our Spring Fundraising Gala on April 25th with U.S. Representative Denny Heck and State Representative Chris Reykdal! Tickets are on sale now – get yours today.

Join us for NPI's 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

North·west (nawrth-west; Naut. nawr-west)
–noun: the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Pro·gres·sive (pruh-gres-iv)
–adjective: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

In·sti·tute (in-sti-toot, -tyoot)
–noun: a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, like advancing the common good and expanding freedom.

Headlines from our projects

Apr 22 Representative Joe Fitzgibbon laments the …
Not my favorite Earth Day present. Life becomes harder for those who can’t afford a car. Much more work to do if we will ever provide adequate transportation choices that enable King County r…
Apr 21 Boston Marathon 2014: For twenty-six miles…
Boston Marathon 2014: For twenty-six miles, the cheers filled the air The Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz reports on the 2014 Boston Marathon, which drew the second-largest field of runners in …
Apr 19 Spotted while walking the streets of Portl…
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Apr 19 Spotted while walking the streets of Portl…
While walking the streets of Portland this weekend, one of our staff happened to glance at the Available Networks screen on his smartphone and was amused to discover a very long list of nearby secu…
Apr 15 Boeing managers say transfer of engineer j…
The utter humiliation of laying everyone off and telling them they are welcome to reapply for their existing jobs in a new location has struck everyone as a nasty corporate practice. — Ray Goforth,…
Apr 14 Chris Vance: Rodney Tom’s retirement “terr…
This is terrible news for the Republicans… The Senate was going to be competitive anyway. Now it’s even more competitive. — Former state Republican Party Chair Chris Vance, reacting to the su…