A civic legacy for over 40 years.

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. We continue this important work through our Dialogue Across Differences initiative.

In 1980, Eight Women Got Together to Form Seattle CityClub

At the time, many civic organizations, such as Rotary International, were open to men only. The founders of CityClub determined that their new organization would be open to all and would provide a nonpartisan forum for ideas and debate. Since its first program in 1981, CityClub has sponsored thousands of dialogues, discussions and candidate forums featuring local, regional and national experts and leaders.

Now recognized as one of the region’s thought leaders in civic and public affairs, CityClub programs affect statewide news, social networks, civic action and policymaking. The region tests new ideas and finds common ground through CityClub’s power and reach as a trusted convener, programmer and collaborator.

Thanks to our Founders:

  • Anne V. Farrell
  • Barbara M. Hodgson
  • Suzanne F. Lile (now Hunter)
  • Nancy S. Nordhoff
  • Jean B. Rolfe
  • Marilyn B. Ward
  • Kate B. Webster
  • Colleen S. Willoughby
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