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Tim Burgess became the 55th Mayor of Seattle on September 18, 2017 when his City Council colleagues chose him to fill the remaining term of Mayor Edward Murray who resigned on September 12, 2017.

Mayor Burgess served as a Seattle City Councilmember from 2008 to 2017. He was first elected city-wide in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. He most recently chaired the Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee. He previously chaired Council committees overseeing issues relating to public safety and education.

A Seattle native, Mayor Burgess has been involved in local community and government matters for more than 40 years as a radio journalist, Seattle police officer and detective, and small business owner. He chaired his neighborhood community council and served 12 years on the City’s Ethics and Elections Commission. He was recently named the Municipal League of King County’s Public Official of the Year for 2017.

On the Council, Mayor Burgess focused his energies on issues related to improving the lives of Seattle’s children. Under his leadership, Seattle became the fourth major U.S. city to fully fund the Nurse Family Partnership, a home visitation program for low-income families that The New York Times calls America’s best anti-poverty program. He was the lead architect of the Seattle Preschool Program that will eventually offer high-quality preschool to all of the city’s three- and four-year olds. For more information about Burgess’ accomplishments on the Council, click here.

November 14, 2017: Jim Farmer – Veterans Memorial at Museum of Flight

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November 7, 2017: Kim Durand, The UW Student Athlete Experience – Academic Support Systems

Kim Durand Bio Kim Durand serves as UW’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Development.  In her role, Durand manages all student athlete academic services.  Additionally, she works actively on enhancing life skills of student athletes, as well as race and diversity initiatives. On campus, she is the athletic department’s liaison to the faculty. Durand […]

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October 31, 2017: Marcy Ushimaru, The Plight of Elephants

Marcy Ushimaru has been passionate about spreading the word about the very real danger of elephant extinction since seeing a 60 Minutes program about the Sheldrick Foundation’s program in Kenya for rescuing baby elephants who had been orphaned due to poaching. Since then, she and her husband have visited Africa a number of times just […]

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October 24, 2017: Nashon Kikalao, Jirani Mwema (Songea’s Kids)

Nashon Kikalao’s, career has included serving as CEO of our partner NGO Jirani Mwema, Songea’s Kids Special Envoy in Tanzania. Now he is CEO of our partner NGO Hope Village Organization and Project Manager of the Hope Village project. He is a well-respected teacher, clergyman, leader and advocate for Tanzania orphans. Trained at Tumaini University […]

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October 17, 2017: Jennifer Martin Conscious Capitalism

Jenny Martin serves as Board Chair of Conscious Capitalism Seattle. Conscious Capitalism is a philosophy and movement that was started ten years ago by a group of business leaders who believed that capitalism is quite possibly the most powerful force for human cooperation, value creation and social good the world has ever seen. The movement […]

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October 10, 2017: Helen Wang, 6crickets

Dr. Helen Wang is the CEO and cofounder of 6crickets’ mission is to bring the best enrichment to children through the most advanced technologies for parents, enrichment providers, and schools. Helen is a world-renowned computer scientist. During her 15 year tenure at Microsoft Research as a Principal Researcher and Research Manager before 6crickets, she […]

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October 3, 2017: Lara Littlefield, CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchange

Lara Littlefield is Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchange, and also leads business development for both organizations. With over 20 years of experience in resource development, she also oversees CoMotion’s operations, Labs, and innovation investment programs. Prior to CoMotion and GIX, Ms. Littlefield was the Senior Director of […]

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September 26, 2017: Shelly Gray – Links between some medicines and dementia

Dr. Gray has been a faculty member in the UW Department of Pharmacy since 1995. In 2016, she was named the Shirley & Herb Bridge Endowed Professor, Department of Pharmacy, and Director of the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach. She is an investigator on numerous federally funded research grants and is author […]

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