Speaker Highlights

Phyllis Campbell

Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Pacific Northwest Region

Phyllis Campbell is the Chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho representing JP Morgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level. She previously served as CEO of the Seattle Foundation and the U.S. Bank of Washington. She sits on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota North America, and serves as a Director on the board of Alaska Air Group. She served on the Nordstrom board of directors from 2005-2016 and chaired the Audit Committee for seven years. She serves on the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD). She is a past Chair and former Trustee of Seattle University. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, as well as Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.

Ana Mari Cauce

President, University of Washington

As the president of one of the world’s great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation. A member of the UW faculty since 1986, Cauce became interim president in March 2015, having previously served as provost and executive vice president, and the UW Board of Regents selected her to become the UW’s 33rd president at a special meeting Oct. 13, 2015. Throughout her career, Cauce has championed access to higher education, including through the Husky Promise, which provides full tuition to eligible Washington students who otherwise could not attend college. 

Enrique Cerna

Senior Correspondent, Crosscut & KCTS 9

Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, civil rights issues, the environment and Latinos in Washington State. Enrique has earned nine Northwest region Emmy awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

Dan Evans

Former U.S. Senator and Washington State Governor

Daniel J. Evans ranks as one of the most distinguished leaders in the history of the State of Washington. Perhaps best known as governor from 1965–1977, he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to public service. He has longstanding ties to the University of Washington (UW) and exemplary experience in the fields of governance, education, and the environment. In 1956, he entered politics as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served from 1956–1965.
He became governor of the State of Washington in 1965, ultimately serving an unprecedented three consecutive terms. He was recognized as “One of the Ten Outstanding Governors in the 20th Century” (University of Michigan study, 1981). 
Evans is actively involved in a large number of community and nonprofit organizations and currently heads his own consulting firm, Daniel J. Evans Associates.

Christine Gregoire

Challenge Seattle CEO, former Washington State Governor and Attorney General

Christine Gregoire is the CEO for Challenge Seattle. Challenge Seattle is an alliance of CEOs from 17 of the region’s largest private-sector employers who work together to ensure the greater Seattle area continues to thrive as one of the most vibrant, innovative, and globally competitive regions in the world. Previously, Chris served for two terms as Governor of the State of Washington with a $32B biennial budget and over 60,000 employees. Prior to becoming Governor, Chris served for three terms as Attorney General for the State and prior to becoming Attorney General, Chris served four years as the Director of the State Department of Ecology.
In addition to being CEO of Challenge Seattle, Chris is a Member and former chair of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Member of the National Bipartisan Governor’s Council. She served as Chair of the National Export-Import Bank Advisory Board 2013 – 2016.

Denis Hayes

President and CEO, The Bullitt Foundation

As president of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the major cities of Pacific Northwest and British Columbia into models of sustainability for a rapidly urbanizing planet. The Foundation applies ecological principles to the design of healthy, resilient human ecosystems. Under his leadership, the Foundation designed and constructed the Bullitt Center—the world’s greenest office building—which it operates as a commercial enterprise. Denis was the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and took the event international in 1990. It is now the most-wide-observed secular holiday in the world. Over the years, Hayes has been special assistant to the Governor of Illinois for natural resources and the environment; senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute; adjunct professor of engineering and human biology at Stanford University; Regents’ Professor at the University of California; and a Silicon Valley lawyer at the Cooley firm. During the Carter Administration, Hayes was the director of SERI — since renamed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Governor Jay Inslee

Washingon State Governor

Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived and worked in urban and rural communities on both sides of the state. During his time in Congress, Jay became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and the environment. He co-wrote a book, “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy,” about a national program to fight climate change through clean energy innovation and job-creation. As governor, Jay’s top priority is growing Washington’s innovative industries such as clean energy, information technology and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and the military. Since 2013, Washington has experienced a 30-year low in unemployment rates and record exports.

Gary Locke

Former Ambassador to China, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Washington State Governor

As Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and most recently as America’s envoy to China, Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment.As Washington’s 21st Governor from 1997-2005, the nation’s most trade dependent state, Mr. Locke increased exports of Washington State products and services by leading trade missions to Mexico, Europe, and Asia, more than doubling the state’s exports to China.
During his tenure, he achieved bipartisan welfare reform and oversaw the gain of 280,000 private sector jobs, despite two national recessions. Mr. Locke also had the most diverse cabinet in state history. More than half his judicial appointments were women and 25% were people of color.

Michelle Merriweather

President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Michelle Y. Merriweather joined the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle team in August of 2015 as the Vice President. Her passion is combining her extensive sales, fund development, event planning and marketing background to better the communities in which she serves. As a Los Angeles native, her dedication for the Los Angeles community and for being a voice for the voiceless, led her to volunteer for the Los Angeles Urban League. Her role grew from volunteer, to the first woman President of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and an active member of their board of directors. Prior to changing her career to follow her passion in advocating for African Americans and underserved communities she had a successful career in sales and marketing with major organizations such as Starbucks, Heinz, and Coca Cola.

President Fawn Sharp

President, Quinault Indian Nation and
President, National Congress of American Indians

Fawn R. Sharp is the current President of the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington. Her past positions included managing attorney and lead counsel; and staff attorney for the Quinault Indian Nation, administrative law judge for the Washington state Department of Revenue – Tax Appeals Division, Quinault Tribal Court Associate Judge, and Counsel for Phillips, Krause & Brown. Ms. Sharp has held numerous leadership positions, including an appointment by Governor Gary Locke to serve as Trustee for Grays Harbor College, Governor of the Washington State Bar Association, Trustee of Washington State Bar Association – Indian Law Section, Vice President and Founding Member for the National Intertribal Tax Alliance, and Director/Secretary of the Quinault Nation Enterprises Board. Fawn has conducted lectures and publications all over the United States.

Isha Sangani

Founder, Earth Strategy

Isha Sangani hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest–more specifically, Seattle. Now 18, she has been an ocean advocate since her junior year of high school, when she helped plan her regional Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and launched a campaign to get single-use plastics out of Panda Express. Through her campaign, she has educated over fifteen thousand people and hundreds of Seattle-area students about how to act on plastic pollution. In the policy sphere, she has helped organize a Youth Climate Lobby Day for Washington and lobbied state legislators for single-use plastic regulations. Isha also recently co-founded a nonprofit organization, Earth Strategy, which aims to involve youth in passing aggressive climate policy.

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

As Microsoft’s President, Brad leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. In his recent book that he co-authored with Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age, Brad showcases his deep thinking on these issues and how technology can serve humanity rather than be weaponized to inflict harm. The Australian Financial Review has described Smith as “one of the technology industry’s most respected figures,” and The New York Times has called him “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.”

Working Group Facilitators 

Brian J. Carter

Executive Director | 4Culture

Michelle Connor

President and CEO | Forterra

Jessyn Farrell

Senior Vice President | Civic Ventures

Fred Fellemen

Position 5 | Commissioner

Rabbi Avi Fine

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Leonard Forsman, Chair

Suquamish Indian Tribe

Matt Galvin

Co-Owner | Pagliacci Pizza

Jim Greenfield

Partner | Davis Wright Tremaine

Julia Reed

Senior Consultant | Kinetic West

April Sims

Secretary Treasurer | Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Brian Surratt

Assistant Vice President | Seattle office of Alexandria Real Estate Equitie