Tina Podlodowski
Tina Podlodowski

Tonight, with NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala just four weeks away, we are thrilled to announce that we have a won­der­ful Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies lined up to run this year’s speak­ing pro­gram: Tina Pod­lodows­ki, for­mer Seat­tle City Coun­cilmem­ber and cur­rent can­di­date for Sec­re­tary of State.

Tina Podlodowski
Tina Pod­lodows­ki

Tina has a long his­to­ry of pub­lic ser­vice in Seat­tle and the greater Puget Sound region. After work­ing for Microsoft in the late 1980s and ear­ly 1990s, she joined the Seat­tle City Coun­cil, where she chaired the Pub­lic Safe­ty, Health, and Tech­nol­o­gy Com­mit­tee and the Neigh­bor­hoods and Neigh­bor­hood Plan­ning Com­mit­tee. She was involved in pass­ing sev­er­al ordi­nances to guar­an­tee LGBT and work­er rights.

In the ear­ly 2000s, after leav­ing the Coun­cil, she ran the Life­long AIDS Alliance and then the Big Broth­ers & Big Sis­ters of Puget Sound. She was a senior vice pres­i­dent for Porter Nov­el­li dur­ing much of Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma’s first term, and became a senior advis­er to Ed Mur­ray fol­low­ing his elec­tion as May­or in 2013.

Tina is now run­ning to become Wash­ing­ton’s next Sec­re­tary of State, in what will be one of the nation’s most con­test­ed SOS racees. Incum­bent Kim Wyman is the lat­est in a long line of Repub­li­cans to have held the office since the 1950s. She is also the last statewide elect­ed Repub­li­can offi­cial on the Left Coast.

Since Wyman was elect­ed in 2012, Wash­ing­ton has had three straight con­sec­u­tive elec­tions with poor turnout. Last year, we set a record for the worst turnout in state his­to­ry, at least since we start­ed reg­is­ter­ing vot­ers in the 1930s. Pod­lodows­ki believes we need new lead­er­ship to address this cri­sis. She says she believes the state needs a “chief vot­ing offi­cer”, not mere­ly a chief elec­tions administrator.

At NPI, we believe par­tic­i­pa­tion is vital to the health of a democ­ra­cy. While we don’t endorse can­di­dates for office, we believe con­test­ed elec­tions are a good thing. Vot­ers have more rea­son to par­tic­i­pate when they have cred­i­ble can­di­dates to choose from. By step­ping up to run — which is no small sac­ri­fice — Tina is open­ing up a new chap­ter in her his­to­ry of dis­tin­guished pub­lic service.

Tina is a fab­u­lous speak­er, and we’re so glad to have her as the host of our most impor­tant event of the year. We hope you’ll con­sid­er join­ing us and Tina for our eighth Spring Fundrais­ing Gala. If you haven’t yet bought your tick­et yet, we urge you to do so now using one of the but­tons below.

A house­hold tick­et admits all the mem­bers of an imme­di­ate fam­i­ly and is a good val­ue if you plan to attend with your spouse or chil­dren. (The gala is a fam­i­ly-friend­ly event, and young peo­ple of all ages are welcome!).

These are our tick­et rates:

  • Indi­vid­ual ($75, admits one person)
  • House­hold ($120, admits an entire family)
  • Liv­ing Light­ly ($25, for stu­dents and activists on lim­it­ed incomes)

Buy a ticket to the gala




Click above to buy a tick­et using a cred­it card.

Here’s what else you can expect at our 2016 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala:

  • A full din­ner buf­fet with veg­e­tar­i­an and veg­an choices
  • Beer and wine selec­tions from our cash bar
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties to min­gle with fel­low activists and elect­ed leaders
  • A chance to win a scrump­tious dessert for your table at our sec­ond annu­al Dessert Dash, orga­nized by our Host Committee
  • A fam­i­ly-friend­ly atmosphere

If you’d like to RSVP for the gala on Face­book, you can do so here.

Stu­dents who want to vol­un­teer to help put on the event can get in the door free. If you’re inter­est­ed in vol­un­teer­ing, please get in touch with us.

In the weeks to come, we’ll be shar­ing more details about our 2016  gala, includ­ing the names of our oth­er speak­ers. We hope you’ll help us make our biggest event of the year a suc­cess by buy­ing your tick­et and com­mit­ting to attend.

See you on April 1st!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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