Governor Jay Inslee
Washington State Governor
President Fawn Sharp
President, Quinault Indian Nation and President, National Congress of American Indians
Challenge Seattle CEO, former Washington State Governor and Attorney General
Former U.S. Senator and Washington State Governor
Former Ambassador to China, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Washington State Governor
Ana Mari Cauce
President, University of Washington
Senior Correspondent, Crosscut & KCTS 9
Founder, Earth Strategy
At key moments in our history, communities across the Pacific Northwest have come together to chart new paths forward. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a painful and past due awakening to the racial injustice across our country is another such moment. Notable is the glaringly disproportionate impact of public emergencies, like climate change, on the people of color and the least affluent among us.
The conference will explore our experience of managing during and through the COVID-19 crises, taking stock of what regional leaders have learned regarding the resiliency of their lives, their organizations and the region. We will consolidate this hard won information into a Blueprint for Regional Resiliency and assess its implications for how we continue to grow and build our communities.
The conference will be totally virtual and limited to ~4.5 hours over two days. Conference participants will be encouraged to think broadly and deeply, considering the following questions:
• What adjustments have we made that we should continue?
• What challenges have been exposed that we still need to address?
• What have we learned from this experience that will help us work toward equity and advance environmental justice?
• What are the long term implications from this experience for the way our region, its landscapes and communities continue to evolve?