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Seattle Foundation Earns Municipal League Award

Leadership Award recognizes Communities of Opportunity partnership with King County

April 30, 2018

The King County Municipal League is recognizing Seattle Foundation with a leadership award for its Communities of Opportunity partnership with King County. The Civic Awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the community and to better government.

President and CEO Tony Mestres will receive the James R. Ellis Regional Leadership award on behalf of the Foundation at a May 10 evening event at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. This award recognizes the individual or organization who has contributed significant leadership to the region in the examination of regional public policy problems and solutions.

“We are deeply honored. This award is a reflection of our belief that civic leadership is so important to create positive, equitable change that makes our community stronger. We are proud to be recognized for our innovative work with King County to improve health, racial equity and economic opportunity in King County for those who need it most,” Mestres said. “We believe that now more than ever, this kind of partnership and collaboration is critical to making our region vibrant and truly equitable for all.”

Seattle Foundation previously was recognized with a King County Municipal League Civic Award as Organization of the Year in 1996.

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is a growing network of partners and funders who are working to create greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place. This unique public-private and community-based partnership aims to improve and increase health, affordable housing, economic opportunity and strengthened connections by supporting communities in system and policy changes that benefit communities. COO works to elevate residents’ voices about what they and their communities need to be healthy and successful.

This partnership previously received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the 2016 Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership.  

Other winners this year are Dr. Ben Danielson, medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic as Citizen of the Year; Treehouse as Organization of the Year; Crosscut for Governmental News Reporting of the Year and King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski as Public Official of the Year.

Tickets for the 2018 Civic Awards are on sale now, and may be purchased through the Municipal League website,

The Municipal League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works toward better government in King County. The League’s mission is to promote government that is open, effective and accountable, and to improve the caliber of public officials and the quality of public decisions. Its Civic Awards have been a King County tradition for 59 years. Nominations are made by individuals and organizations, reviewed by a volunteer committee and approved by the Municipal League Foundation’s board.



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