Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Civic Awards


Municipal League Honors Five with Prestigious Civic Awards


March 5, 2018 – The Municipal League Foundation has been at the forefront of non-partisan civic engagement in King County for 108 years.  Most recently the League won first place at Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch competition for the success of the League’s, a web-based resource that makes voting easier, quicker, and more fun. The Civic Awards, where we celebrate both long time and unsung heroes in our community, is a cornerstone program of the Municipal League.  The Civic Awards recognizes the accomplishments of elected officials, public employees, citizen groups, the news media, and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the community and to better government. The Municipal League is proud to announce the winners of the 59th Annual Civic Awards, which is planned for Thursday May 10, 2018 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.


“Now more than ever it is critical to celebrate non-partisan policy innovation and collaboration” stated Alejandra Tres, Executive Director of the League.   Board President Clayton Graham added: “In past years everyone has left this event inspired and rejuvenated, and we’re excited about another fantastic slate of honorees for 2018.”


This year’s winners are:


  • Citizen of the Year: Ben Danielson


  • Organization of the Year: Treehouse


  • Government News Reporting of the Year: Crosscut


  • James Ellis Regional Leadership Award: Communities of Opportunity


  • Public Official of the Year: King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski

Tickets for the 2018 Civic Awards are on sale now, and may be purchased through the Municipal League website, The Municipal League will be selling tables seating 10 guests. Individual tickets and VIP reception passes will also be available.

Public officials, business leaders and philanthropists from all over King County turn out for the Muni League’s annual awards ceremony. Event sponsors include:  Muckleshoot, Davis Wright Tremaine, Perkins Coie, Foster Pepper, Lane Powell, Seahawks, and the Arcora Foundation.


The Municipal League is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works toward better government in King County, Washington. 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. The Civic Awards have been a King County tradition for 59 years. Nominations are made by individuals and organizations, and are then reviewed by a volunteer committee. Final awardees are approved by the board of the Municipal League Foundation.

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