In this month’s Civic Cocktail, we’ll focus on the sports scene in our region, with our newest major sports organization, the Seattle Kraken, and community leaders focused on getting youth and BIPOC community members outside and active. Seattle Kraken staff will speak about their exciting community initiatives and youth involved with their partner YouthCare. In the second half, we’ll hear inspirational stories about how running empowers girls and BIPOC community members with Alison Mariella Desir, author of Running While Black, and Megan Wolfe, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County.

For those attending in person: We’ll also have a special demonstration for early arrivals that you won’t want to miss!

Panelists – Segment 1

  • Everett Fitzhugh, Radio Play-By-Play Announcer, Seattle Kraken
  • JT Brown, Television Analyst, Seattle Kraken
  • Mari Horita, Senior Vice President, Social Impact & Government Relations, Seattle Kraken
  • Degale Cooper, CEO and President, YouthCare

Panelists – Segment 2

  • Alison Mariella Desir, Author/Runner, Running While Black
  • Megan Wolfe, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Snohomish County


  • Jiquanda Nelson, CEO, Diversity Window

About Civic Cocktail

Civic Cocktail connects elected and community leaders with the public for lively conversations about important issues facing our region. Whether you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, a self-described “civic nerd,” or looking to meet people engaged in their communities, your evening at this beloved program is sure to be friendly, fun, and fascinating. Civic Cocktail’s welcoming and conversational tone is inspired by our Dialogue Across Differences initiative.

More Event Information

  • The event will be held both in-person at The Collective and online (livestreamed).
  • The formal program begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at The Collective for in-person at 6:00 pm for networking and appetizers/drinks.
  • There will be an approximately 15 minute break between the first and second segment.
  • Attendees will be able to submit questions

Parking: The Collective is located less than a mile from I-5, on the corner of Harrison & Dexter. Street parking may be available and a parking garage (for paid parking) is located under The Collective via the alley off of Harrison.

Bus/transit routes nearby:

  • The 62 bus line stops directly in front of the building and covered bike parking is available
  • RapidRide C-line
  • Route 320
  • South Lake Union Trolley

About Seattle CityClub

Seattle CityClub is a 40-year-old nonpartisan, civics-focused nonprofit, providing a platform for insightful and educational conversations that include a diverse range of perspectives.