Challenge Seattle

Challenge Seattle is a private sector initiative led by many of the region’s CEOs working to address issues that our region faces, which will determine our future, for our economy and for our families. We want to build on our history and focus on making improvements that will enable our continued growth and transformation, while maintaining our quality of life.

Seattle is one of the most innovative, vibrant, and diverse places in the world, where the creativity of our denizens knows no bounds. Exploring – as Jimi Hendrix and Macklemore have done with music, as Ethan Stowell and Tom Douglas are doing with food and as Dale Chihuly has done with glass and canvas – is what Seattleites have been doing since the Denny party first arrived in this corner of the country. From aviators to software engineers to retail pioneers to football players, we passionately pursue our dreams, often overcoming great odds to succeed..

Whether they grew up here – or moved here with a purpose – the area’s business leaders have a deep respect and adoration for this place that has encouraged, fostered and fueled so many dreams. We want to celebrate these successes, while fostering future opportunities, for education, for business and for community.


Challenge Seattle was formed to ensure that our region thrives as one of the most innovative, vibrant and globally competitive regions in the world.

  1. 1 Providing our children the opportunity through education to compete for the jobs of the future right here in Washington State.
  2. 2 Developing world leading infrastructure that drives our future growth and vitality, and improves quality of life.
  3. 3 Creating and maintaining  good jobs while preserving our values.
  4. 4 Telling the Seattle story here and around the world.

Our Infrastructure Initiative

Transportation is a key area of our regional infrastructure that needs attention. We are introducing a vision for the future of transportation.

Our region has always attracted visionaries and pioneering thinkers. We’ve been home to people and companies that dare to do things our way. We defined personal computing, re-imagined the coffee break, reinvented commerce and connected the world through air travel. This freedom to pursue passions and explore new frontiers is the heart and soul of this region – and what we are committed to fostering.

Global Innovation Exchange

Challenge Seattle is proud to partner with the University of Washington in the creation of the Global Innovation Exchange, with founding support from Microsoft. Building on the long tradition of international faculty collaborations, the driving idea behind GIX is to bring together in one place the best students, faculty and industry experts from around the world to apply their talents to solving the challenges of our time. As the home to many of the world’s leading organizations in technology and innovation, GIX will be a welcome and important addition to the Seattle area.


Challenge Seattle is made up of several of the region’s businesses including Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Chateau St Michelle, JP Morgan Chase, Alaska Airlines, Starbucks, REI, Nordstrom, Expedia, Madrona Venture Partners, Weyerhaeuser, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, Costco, Zillow and Puget Sound Energy. The group is led by former Governor Christine Gregoire.

The group is led by former Governor Christine Gregoire.

This is my home: it’s where I grew up, went to school and raised my family. It’s where I intend to watch my grandkids grow up. I want them to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams – and to have the education, training and access they need to do just that. I believe in the future of this state and it is my duty to contribute what I can to ensure its success. Working with this group of visionary leaders has presented me with a unique civic opportunity and the chance to make an impact in an exciting new way.