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 and Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
Villeneuve was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 for Barack Obama, an organizing fellow for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2013, and a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for Bernie Sanders.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Villeneuve was raised in Redmond, Washington and attended 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 (intended to force the cancellation of Sound Transit’s Link light rail system), 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 worked on ballot measures for over fifteen years, organizing support for campaigns to pass worthy progressive ideas as well as organizing opposition to destructive right wing schemes purposely intended to undermine our Constitution and commonwealth.
Under his leadership, the Northwest Progressive Institute has grown from a simple idea to a nimble political startup influential in the politics of the Pacific Northwest, known for its insightful research, imaginative advocacy, uplifting photojournalism, and informative events.
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 fifteen years as an activist, advocate, and writer, Villeneuve has covered many noteworthy events, including the 2008, 2012, and 2016 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.