Annual Forums

Seattle CityClub’s signature annual forums bookend the year, providing opportunities for public education and dialogue with community leaders, elected officials and news-makers.

Legislative Preview (January)

Seattle CityClub’s Legislative Preview Luncheon has been a signature Seattle event for decades. The forum features the top leadership from the Washington State Legislature on both sides of the aisle. Moderated by leading regional journalists, our discussion takes an in-depth look at the top priorities for the upcoming session and the impact it will have on individuals and the community at large.

2019 Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Sen. Andy Billig (D-3rd District)
  • Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-9th District)
  • Rep. JT Wilcox (R-2nd District)
  • Rep. Larry Springer (D-45th District)

2018 Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R-39th District)
  • Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-34th District)
  • Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-9th District)
  • Rep. Larry Springer (D-45th District)

2017 Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-34th District
  • Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-9th District
  • Rep. Shelly Short, R-7th District
  • Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-47th District

Year in Review (December)

Seattle CityClub’s annual Year in Review is the time to reflect on the pressing issues and major headlines of the previous year, revisit predictions and see how events changed or stayed the course. Moderated by a leading local journalist, our panel of leaders and luminaries engages in a provocative and wide-ranging discussion of topics like race and equity, minimum wage and affordability, trade and international affairs, education, and current legislative priorities.

2019 Year In Review Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Diana Birkett Rakow, VP of External Affairs, Alaska Airlines
  • Gordon McHenry Jr., CEO, United Way of King County
  • Rich Stolz, Executive Director, OneAmerica
  • Hans Zeiger, Washington State Senator, 25th Legislative District

2018 Year In Review Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
  • Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, Director of the Democratic Project – United States Program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Caleb Heimlich, Chairman, Washington State Republican Party
  • Vanessa Pegueros, Vice-President and CISO, Docusign

2017 Year in Review Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Jorge Barón, Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Hans Zeiger, Washington State Senator, 25th Legislative District
  • Blaine Harden, Author + Journalist, New York Times, Washington Post, PBS
  • Sheila Edwards Lange, President, Seattle Central College

2016 Year in Review Panelists (Watch Video)

  • Sen. Dan Evans – Founder, Daniel J. Evans Associates
  • Bill McSherry – Vice President, Government Operations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Helen Howell – Executive Director, Building Changes
  • Nikkita Oliver, Community Organizer, Attorney, Artist

2015 Year in Review Panelists

  • Bill Bryant, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington
  • Sheley Seacrest, Vice President, NAACP Seattle King County
  • Blair Taylor, Chief Community Officer, Starbucks

2014 Year in Review Panelists

  • William Bell, President & CEO, Casey Family Programs
  • Slade Gorton, former U.S. Senator & WA State Attorney General
  • Nick Hanauer, Co-founder & Partner, Second Avenue Partners
  • Pramila Jayapal, Founder, OneAmerica
  • Kris Johnson, President, Association of Washington Business