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Join us for Budget Matters in Seattle with Glenn Harris
Wednesday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center Room 606-609, Seattle
Tickets: $70 


(Registration deadline is December 5 at 6 p.m.)

About the Event:

Strong communities, healthy families, opportunities to thrive: these are the kinds of things we all want for every Washingtonian. A person's opportunity to thrive should not be determined by their race, ethnicity, or zip code. Yet statewide data make it clear that economic prosperity is not being shared equitably by everyone, in part because of policies that continue to advance structural racism. This has to change. Allowing everyone to benefit from economic growth is good for our economy and good for the future progress of our state. 

Join the Washington State Budget & Policy Center at the Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit to hear from Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown, vice president of community programs at the Seattle Foundation. The panelists are Sheila Capestany, strategic advisor of children and youth at King County's Best Starts for Kids; Jay Fathi, president and CEO of Coordinated Care; Washington State Senator David Frockt (D- Seattle); and Sejal Parikh, executive director of Working Washington. And Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib will give the opening remarks. 

At the summit, the Budget & Policy Center will also release part 1 of our new Progress in Washington 2018 series -- a series of research and policy briefs that seek to advance policies that create an equitable, inclusive economy.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Glenn Harris is the president of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines. Race Forward is a new union of two leading racial justice nonprofits: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion, where Glenn served as president starting in 2014. Glenn has over 25 years of experience working with community groups, foundations, and government agencies on issues of race and social justice. He previously worked with the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, and he has supported the start of similar initiatives in jurisdictions across the country.  


Registration, networking, and light breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Program begins at 9 a.m. There will be a break during the program with snacks provided.

Welcome - Misha Werschkul, Washington State Budget & Policy Center 

Opening remarks - Cyrus Habib, Washington state lieutenant governor

Keynote presentation - Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward. There will be time for a Q&A

“Progress in Washington: Building an Inclusive Economy” - Jennifer Tran, Budget & Policy Center 

Plenary Panel: “Lifting Up All Washingtonians to Advance Shared Prosperity” Moderator: Michael Brown, Seattle Foundation. Panelists: Sheila Capestany, Best Starts for Kids; Dr. Jay Fathi, Coordinated Care; Washington State Senator David Frockt; and Sejal Parikh, Working Washington. There will be time for a Q&A

 Closing and Call to Action – Erin Okuno, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, and Sumayyah Waheed, All In For Action

Click here to apply for a discounted ticket. Group rates are also available for groups of five or more. To inquire about group rates, to volunteer at the summit, or if you have other questions, please email bnpinfo(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org. (Volunteers will have the opportunity to have their ticket cost waived.)

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Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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