CEO & Co-founder
President & Co-founder
The COVID-19 pandemic and related dynamics continued to provide substantial challenges for our communities, workplaces, and lives in 2021. Despite these headwinds sea.citi continued to thrive, doing what we do best, connecting tech and community.
Three years into operations and we continue to grow our reach and impact. This year saw more event attendees than ever as the workforce and community sought to understand the changing region. We teamed up with incredible partners to amplify work on digital equity and the future of communities. In our Tech Civic Survey, tech workers told us remote/hybrid work is here to stay and we shared that message broadly to prepare the region for future shifts.
We are truly in the middle of a historic shift in how people live and work. The pandemic, global inequities, and advancing technology are a forcing function for business, the public sector, nonprofits, families, and individuals to reimagine their lives. This will directly affect how communities function for decades to come.
Never before has cross-sector collaboration been more necessary. Seated at the intersection of tech and community, sea.citi is poised to drive these conversations into the future. With hope on the horizon and impact in our hearts, we invite you to join us in building a stronger, more vibrant, and equitable region for all.
WHO WE ARE
We are building a vibrant, inclusive, and thriving community and innovation economy across the Seattle region.
OUR MISSION: sea.citi is a tech industry nonprofit strengthening our region by promoting civic engagement and building relationships between community, government, and innovation workers.
sea.citi impact since launch
Event attendees from across tech and the community
Member companies representing over 150,000 tech workers
Distributed through sea.citi led initiatives
THE FUTURE OF WORK & COMMUNITIES
2021 has been a year of transition and change for all. What was once expected to be a few month stint of working from home has changed to the norm. The changes we see in the workforce will ripple into the broader community and sea.citi is at the forefront, helping the community prepare for these changes.
Seattle and San Francisco share many similarities in workforce, culture, politics, and topography. sea.citi CEO Nick Merriam met with sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic to discuss how the pandemic is shaping each of these world class tech cities. In the discussion Nick and Jennifer compare and contrast everything from the tech workforce to local economic development, discussing the similarities and differences between the cities along the way.
Targeted affordable housing is critical to healthy communities and tech has made big investments to ensure affordable housing is available. sea.citi hosted a panel of tech and housing leaders to talk about the different types of partnership they’re creating. Panelists dive into affordable housing and how their funds or products are driving equity in the community and helping the region thrive.
The pandemic has changed how we live — and want to live. For some this has meant leaving the city and others insist we must redefine urban living, practically and philosophically. Richard Florida, founder of CityLab and author of the recent book The New Urban Crisis, shares his thoughts on this pivotal moment for Seattle, and cities around the world. Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg.
The Delta variant threw a wrench in many re-opening plans and many companies are delaying full re-opening to the earliest in October and many are planning for January 2022. We’ve kept a close eye on the Puget Sound’s tech companies that have changed their pre-pandemic office hours policies to include hybrid office and work-from-home policies. Here’s how many companies here in Seattle plan to re-open, when they do.
Among them, hybrid work models and half-empty offices; economic instability that threatens vulnerable communities and businesses; diverse neighborhoods upended by gentrification and displacement; and rising costs of living that make it unaffordable for artists. We sit down with three leaders taking on these challenges and hear how they hope to rebuild Seattle to be the city we want it to be.
Helping smart voters
Voting locally is the most impactful thing anyone can do in their community. We deliver nonpartisan voting materials to tech, curated to the issue we all care about. Helping voters understand their ballots and make informed decisions ensures a healthy community.
There are 300,000 tech workers in the Puget Sound region, who often appear elusive to the public sector and politicians. Their contributions to our region matter. In an effort to explore the attitudes, community engagement patterns, and demographics of tech workers, whose presence in and financial contribution to the Puget Sound region is growing, sea.citi was pleased to work with EMC Research to explore the opinions of tech workers in the region. The study also delved into how remote work has been transforming those characteristics.
Voting locally is the most impactful thing you can do in your community. sea.citi’s Candid Candidate November 2021 King County Voter Guide is a video, position, and recent local media get-to-know your candidate guide. We interviewed some of the hottest candidates in this year’s election, asking them tough questions so you can compare and contrast their stances on important issues.
sea.citi supported the Seattle Mayoral debates held by Washington State Debate Coalition, through City Club. sea.citi staff served on the steering committee to help with content and fundraising efforts. These important debates help shape the focus and future of the community. Tech showed up, including sponsorship of the debates.
Growing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership in tech
This year sea.citi launched the “employee affinity resource network (EARN)” to convene employee resources group leaders from across tech. Together, they share learnings that work, problem solve challenges, and get invited to special events. With renewed focus and resources investing in DEI efforts across tech, sea.citi is proud to be working with these outstanding leaders. Participants from across Puget Sound tech joined, representing some of the best companies in our region: Amazon, Expedia, Facebook, Google, Zillow, and more.