An end-of-year gathering to celebrate successes, discuss issues we'll be addressing in the coming year, and announce the Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients.
This year's guest speakers are Speaker Frank Chopp
, Representative Nicole Macri
, and Senator Jamie Pedersen
| Arrival, registration, and Sponsors Showcase
| Luncheon begins
| Annual Meeting, GSBA Board Members presentation, announcement of the Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients
| Conversation and Q&A with the 43rd District delegation
| Luncheon ends
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Speaker Frank Chopp
was born and raised in Bremerton; his father worked in the shipyard and his mom worked in the school cafeteria. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington in 1975, and started his career as a community organizer with a passion for social justice.
He worked as a director for the Cascade Community Center, the Pike Market Senior Center, and the North Community Service Center before becoming the Executive Director of the Fremont Public Association. Now known as Solid Ground, the FPA provided one of Seattle’s then most economically-devastated neighborhoods with an emergency food bank, a clothing bank, and an employment program. It has since relocated to the Wallingford area and offers 30 different programs and services that help more than 60,000 households each year.
Frank was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and became co-Speaker of the House in 1999. He began serving as the only Speaker in 2002. As Speaker, Frank has committed himself to policies that reflect his community-organizer values – a strong public education system, health care for every child, good-paying jobs, and protecting the safety net.
Representative Nicole Macri, D-43
is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. She has developed and managed housing projects, implemented social and health services programs, helped create policy directives, and led advocacy and community outreach efforts. Her work has delivered results for people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, and for victims of abuse.
Nicole was elected to the state House of Representatives by the people of the 43rd legislative district in 2016 and took her oath of office on January 9, 2017.
She is a nationally recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, working to ensure all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities.
She has championed Seattle’s Housing Levy, and was appointed by the City Council to serve successive terms as a member of the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. As a member, it is Nicole’s responsibility to monitor the progress of the $145 million Housing Levy approved by voters to achieve its goals with proper fiscal and accountability controls in place. In 2014, she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County for her outstanding work in the field of affordable housing.
Nicole was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to New Jersey when she was 11 years old. Both her parents grew up living in public housing, and strongly believed in the importance of public education as the pathway for their kids’ future success. Nicole attended Rutgers University, where she met her partner Deb Cayz, and was the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She earned her Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business. Inspired by the natural beauty and progressive values of the Northwest, Nicole and Deb moved to Seattle in 1999, and have lived on Capitol Hill for more than a decade.
In the Legislature, Nicole serves as vice chair of the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and is a member of both the Capital Budget Committee and the Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus
Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43
grew up in Puyallup, graduated from Puyallup High School and worked to put himself through Yale College, where he studied Russian and history, and graduated summa cum laude. After spending a year living in Russia and collecting oral histories of Soviet Afghan war veterans, Jamie attended Yale Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then returned to Seattle – and Capitol Hill – in 1995. He practiced corporate law at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) for 17 years. Since May 2012, he has been Vice President and General Counsel for McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction and engineering firm with substantial expertise in green building.
Jamie was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and was appointed to the Senate in December 2013 and elected in 2014. He serves as the ranking member on the Law & Justice Committee and also serves on the Ways & Means Committee. In the House, he served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. During his tenure in the House, he also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, the Higher Education Committee, the Health Care & Wellness Committee, the Business & Financial Services Committee, and the Capital Budget Committee. Jamie serves on the Legislative Ethics Board and the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee and is a commissioner in the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws.
Jamie helped to organize and was a plaintiff in League of Education Voters v. State of Washington, the case that overturned several Tim Eyman initiatives that purported to require 2/3 majorities to pass tax increases in the legislature.
Jamie is actively involved in many community and nonprofit organizations. He is the past President and current Treasurer of Central Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, where he helped to establish a nonprofit to run a community lunch program that feeds hundreds of people each week.
Jamie chaired the board of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal, and served as Lambda’s lead volunteer lawyer on the state’s marriage equality case. He is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus
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about providing a giveaway for the afternoon's drawing.