Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through insightful 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, fellow activists, and the public. 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.

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

Feb 23 Senate Republicans advance new scheme to mess with Sound Transit’s governance
Picking up where Mary Margaret Haugen and Ed Murray once left off, Republicans on the Senate Transportation Committee voted today to advance a bill that would wipe out Sound Transit’s federated board of city and county leadership and replace it with a panel of transportation czars elected from nineteen newly drawn transportation districts ...
Feb 23 Camp Wellstone returns to Seattle this May — don’t miss this premiere training opportunity!
Camp Wellstone — the signature training offered by the organizing geniuses at Wellstone Action — will be returning to Seattle for the twelfth consecutive year, Executive Director Edith Sargon tells us. The 2017 camp has been scheduled for May 19th-21st, coinciding with the end of Filing Week here in Washington State. It will take pla...
Feb 21 Move Left, Democrats
Democrats must make tough, data-driven decisions about how to prioritize their work. Right now, too many are using bad math and faulty logic to push the party to chase the wrong segment of white voters. — Steve Phillips: Move Left, Democrats (The New York Times)
Feb 20 Rallygoers in Olympia
Rallygoers in Olympia
Feb 20 State Representative Roger Goodman waits to be introduced at a Presidents Day lobbying orientatio...
State Representative Roger Goodman waits to be introduced at a Presidents Day lobbying orientation in Olympia
Feb 20 State Representative Tina Orwall speaks to progressive activists on Presidents Day 2017
State Representative Tina Orwall speaks to progressive activists on Presidents Day 2017