About Us

Seattle CityClub is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization improving the civic health of the Puget Sound region by providing programs that bridge politics, sectors, and generations to inform and engage residents and community leaders. Every year, Seattle CityClub programs serve over 4,000 Puget Sound residents in-person, and an additional 26,000 residents through social media and website content.

What We Stand For

Passionate Non-Partisanship

Civic dialogue that reflects our community’s diverse political ideologies, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Leader Access + Accountability

Active exchange of ideas that foster accountability and engagement between residents, experts and policymakers.

Respectful Conversation

Lively and respectful forums that cultivate open and civil debate.

Connection + Collaboration

Partnerships that bring together people and ideas to address critical issues.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Our Commitment

Excluded from major aspects of civic life on the basis of their gender, eight women formed Seattle CityClub in 1980. Their vision was to ensure that all voices are heard so that democracy thrives. Today, CityClub is committed to building on that legacy. We’re striving to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values into our mission and every aspect of our organization, including our strategic planning, operations and programs.

Our Board Members

  • Kay Gabriel, Weyerhaeuser (retired) (President)
  • Betsy Robertson, American Red Cross NW Region (President Elect)
  • Nathan Hambley, Edelman (Secretary)
  • Steve Hill (Treasurer)
  • Ilays Aden, Eat With Muslims
  • Amy Barnes, CSPD LLC
  • Eric Berlinberg, Amazon
  • Carla Carrell, Comcast
  • Aran Church, King County Housing Authority
  • Monique Cohen, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Larry Costich, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Mendy Droke, King County
  • Liz Findley, Getty Images
  • Andrew Gabel, Lane Powell PC
  • Chris Guizlo, The Fearey Group
  • Karin Huelsbeck, Virginia Mason Foundation
  • Maura Little, Cambia Grove
  • Laura Lockard, Washington State University
  • Scott McClellan, Seattle University
  • Maria McDaniel, City of Seattle
  • Kathryn Neal, Microsoft
  • Gretchen Sorensen, The Sorensen Group
  • Andrew Steen, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Joaquin Uy, City of Seattle
  • Jay Yovanovich, KING 5

Our Staff

  • Whitney Keyes

    Whitney Keyes joined Seattle CityClub in January 2020, becoming the organization’s sixth Executive Director since its 1980 founding. A longtime Capitol Hill resident, Whitney spent the previous two decades helping prominent organizations to greater success. An international speaker, author, and professor…Read More

  • Cam Williams Bernhardt

    Cam Williams Bernhardt

    With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and nearly 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Cam Williams Bernhardt became Seattle Cityclub’s Development Director in July 2020. Previously, Cam worked in a variety of development and marketing/communications roles for nonprofits both small…Read More

  • Alex Wheeler

    Alex is Seattle CityClub’s Program Manager. He studied history at the University of Nebraska, then moved to Japan for three years to teach English. After returning to the United States via Hawaii, he spent several years working with local nonprofits and…Read More

  • Amanda Johnson

    Amanda joined Seattle CityClub in September 2018 as the Operations Coordinator and was promoted to Operations Director in April 2020. Amanda moved to Seattle after attending graduate school for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In the…Read More

  • Jason Ludwig

    Jason joined Seattle CityClub as Communications Manager in December 2019. A Seattle metro area resident since 2014, Jason’s background includes stops as a journalist, political consultant, and nonprofit leader. He enjoys art galleries, live music, reading history, and advocating for the…Read More

  • Christina Muhlbach

    Christina joined CityClub as Development Coordinator in November 2019 . She has a background in fundraising for various non-profits in Michigan, and she relocated to the Seattle area to continue that work in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, Christina…Read More

  • Casey Husseman

    Casey joined Seattle CityClub in April 2020 as the Data + Operations Specialist. An Oregon native, Casey studied math at Willamette University before moving to Seattle in August 2015 to work in management consulting. He was a contractor for many enterprise…Read More

  • Jeff Carter

    Jeff manages Seattle CityClub’s Civic Boot Camp program, coordinating with local partners to provide informative and exciting day-long civic engagement programs throughout Puget Sound. Jeff loves outdoor adventures in the sea or mountains, international travel, singing and dancing.Read More

  • Sara Kilisky

    Sara Kilisky

    Sara joined Seattle CityClub as a Programs Intern in August 2020. A student at Seattle University, Sara studies public affairs to feed her passion for environmental policy. As a Washingtonian, she has deep roots to her community. In her free time,…Read More

  • Tomas Gustafson

    Tomas Gustafson

    Tomas joined Seattle CityClub as a Programs intern in August 2020 shortly after graduating from the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tomas is an avid Oakland sports fan who’s…Read More