Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, a WordPress security consultant, civic affairs facilitator, and a member of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee.
Villeneuve was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 for Barack Obama and an organizing fellow for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2013. He is a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Villeneuve was raised in Redmond, Washington and attended three Lake Washington District schools prior to graduating from Redmond High School in 2005.
His interest in community service and technology took root while he was a freshman. From 2001-2002, he led Redmond Junior High’s web team and responsible for designing and managing the school’s website.
At Redmond High School, Villeneuve was instrumental in helping to form the Eastside Liberal Students group, which he led as President during his senior year. Villeneuve was also a member of Redmond High School DECA, an active chapter of the national business and marketing association, where he served on the Executive Board as the Technology officer (2003-2004) and Public Relations officer (2004-2005).
Villeneuve’s involvement in state politics began following the passage of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 695, which cut funding for roads, transit, and ferries. (The initiative was thrown out by Washington’s Supreme Court as unconstitutional, but reinstated by the Legislature in 2000). In 2002, not long after Eyman announced I-776 (billed by Eyman as the “Son of 695”),Villeneuve formed Permanent Defense to publicly oppose Eyman’s initiatives, which continues to fight against senseless schemes to wreck government. Permanent Defense subsequently became a key project of the Northwest Progressive Institute when NPI was launched in August 2003.
Villeneuve has helped organize opposition efforts to a long list of statewide initiatives, beginning with Eyman’s I-776 in 2002 and most recently I-1515 in 2016. Since 2002, his perspective has been sought by many of Washington State’s best-known newspapers, television, and radio stations.
Under Villeneuve’s leadership, the Northwest Progressive Institute has grown from a simple idea to a nimble political startup influential in the politics of the Pacific Northwest, with a strong presence on the Internet.
NPI’s principal publication, The Cascadia Advocate, is indexed by Google and Bing News, syndicated by Newstex, and has been repeatedly listed as one of The Washington Post’s Best State Political Blogs. In his ten years as an activist, advocate, and writer, Villeneuve has covered many noteworthy events, including the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, the FCC’s final public hearing on media ownership in 2007, the Wake Up Walmart bus tour in 2006, and ten consecutive Netroots Nation gatherings, beginning in 2006.
Villeneuve has long been active in his community; he twice participated in the City of Redmond’s Youth in Government Day and worked on the city’s Transportation Master Plan. For his community involvement, he received the Mayor’s Circle of Leadership Award from past Mayor Rosemarie Ives in 2005.