Manka Dhingra applauds
Manka Dhingra applauds the work of her teen campaign committee at a joint event with Senator Patty Murray (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

With the sea­son of renew­al just around the cor­ner, we’re pleased today to announce that Sen­a­tor Man­ka Dhin­gra will be the Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies for our 2020 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on Fri­day, April 17th.

A pros­e­cu­tor and North­west Pro­gres­sive Foun­da­tion board­mem­ber, Man­ka Dhin­gra was first elect­ed to the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate in 2017 to rep­re­sent the 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict, fill­ing the unex­pired term of the late Andy Hill.

Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra, D-45
Offi­cial por­trait of Wash­ing­ton State Sen­a­tor Man­ka Dhin­gra, D‑45th District

In 2018, after a remark­able first ses­sion in which she demon­strat­ed great skill as a law­mak­er, Sen­a­tor Dhin­gra was over­whelm­ing­ly reelect­ed to serve a full four year term. Her col­leagues chose her to serve as the Deputy Major­i­ty Leader of the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic caucus.

In addi­tion, she is the Vice Chair of the Sen­ate’s Law & Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, the Chair of its Behav­ioral Health Sub­com­mit­tee, and a mem­ber of the influ­en­tial bud­get-writ­ing Ways & Means Committee.

It takes many new leg­is­la­tors years to devel­op clout in the state­house and fig­ure out how to effec­tive­ly move bills from con­cep­tion to the gov­er­nor’s desk. Not so in Manka’s case. She has, as men­tioned, proved to be extreme­ly adept at leg­is­lat­ing. Sev­er­al bills bear­ing her name and influ­ence have already been signed into law by Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and she’s got more in the pipeline.

Man­ka Dhin­gra’s high­ly effec­tive, no-non­sense approach to rep­re­sen­ta­tion is what we want to see more of in the State Leg­is­la­ture. She’s a superb role mod­el and a per­son who under­stands the impor­tance of the Plat­inum Rule (which, in a nut­shell, is treat oth­er peo­ple the way they want to be treated).

That’s why we’re so thrilled that she will be the Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies at this year’s Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, tak­ing place on Fri­day, April 17th, online.

The gala, which began in 2008, is now in its twelfth year, and has always been an incred­i­bly suc­cess­ful event that both cel­e­brates our research and advo­ca­cy and secures the resources nec­es­sary to ensure that it will con­tin­ue. Past galas have empow­ered our team to research sup­port for pro­gres­sive ideas rang­ing from Medicare For All to pres­i­den­tial trans­paren­cy to cor­po­rate tax accountability.

We hope you can join us on Fri­day, April 17th to build a stronger NPI.

Click the but­ton below to buy a Vir­tu­al Gala Access Pass or a com­bined tick­et to the Vir­tu­al Gala and to NPI’s FallFest on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 3rd, where we’ll con­tin­ue our in-per­son gala tra­di­tions. Com­bined Indi­vid­ual tick­ets to both events are $100, and com­bined House­hold tick­ets are $150.

Get tick­ets for NPI’s 2020 Spring Gala

We will be announc­ing addi­tion­al gala speak­ers soon.

As in the past few years, we will be pre­sent­ing a Lynn Allen Award to a dis­tin­guished pro­gres­sive leader who has made indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es. Our past hon­orees include Sound Tran­sit CEO Emer­i­tus Joni Earl, attor­ney Paul Lawrence, Major Gen­er­al Paul Eaton (Retired), activist Alex Hen­drick­son, pho­tog­ra­ph­er Al Gar­man, and El Cen­tro de la Gaza’s Estela Ortega.

Paul Lawrence and Joni Earl

Paul Lawrence and Joni Earl with their Lynn Allen Awards (Pho­to: Lin­coln Potter/Samaya LLC for the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute)

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

We hope you’ll help us make this cru­cial­ly impor­tant event a suc­cess by buy­ing your tick­et and com­mit­ting to attend. See you online on April 17th!

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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