2017 Civic Awards Winners

Citizen of the Year: Marty Hartman

Marty Hartman is a strong and convincing advocate for homeless families. She is a creative problem solver who, along with partners and donors, has secured funding and loaned properties to open six emergency family shelters in King County that house 400 family members each night, and offer resources to hundreds more each day. With the support of the women, children, and families of Mary’s Place, Marty works tirelessly to keep the need for family shelter before stakeholders in the community and local government. She never stops thinking about the hundreds of families who will sleep outside tonight and how to build partnerships in the community to find them permanent homes.


Organization of the Year: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is a nationally-recognized legal services organization founded in 1984. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal assistance in immigration matters to over 10,000 low-income people from over 130 countries, speaking over 60 different languages and dialects. NWIRP also strives to achieve systemic change to policies and practices affecting immigrants through impact litigation, public policy work, and community education. NWIRP serves the community from four offices in Washington State in Seattle, Granger, Tacoma, and Wenatchee.


Government News Reporting of the Year: South Seattle Emerald

The South Seattle Emerald is Southern Seattle’s only nonprofit, reader-supported, and community operated media and news outlet. Founded as a platform that authentically depicts the dynamic voices, culture, arts, ideas, and businesses that fall within South Seattle’s borders, the Emerald is news as it was originally intended to be: not as business, nor as a forum for propaganda, but as a service to the community it chronicles.


Warren G. Magnuson Award: Noah Purcell

Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell has represented the State in some of its most important cases, including Washington v. Trump. Prior to becoming Solicitor General, Noah practiced at Perkins Coie in Seattle and the Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel. Noah is a Seattle native and graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Washington. After graduating from Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review), Noah served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Noah lives in Seattle with his wife, Jasmin, and their two young children.


James Ellis Regional Leadership Award: Bob Watt

Bob Watt held numerous leadership roles throughout his career: Deputy Mayor of Seattle, President of Family Services of Seattle/King County, Executive Director of Youth Eastside Services, and prior to his retirement, Vice President of Government Relations at Boeing. Watt has served on many boards of foundations and organizations benefiting our families and communities; he is currently the Vice-Chair of the Group Health Community Foundation and a member of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences advisory board. A former special education teacher, Watt was also a member of the Washington Learns Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Washington State Early Learning Council.


Public Official of the Year: Seattle Councilmember Tim Burgess

Tim is serving his third term on the City Council; he chairs the finance committee. He has been a leading advocate for evidence-based programs and measuring outcomes. Tim led the campaign for the Seattle Preschool Program which provides high-quality preschool to the city’s three- and four-year old children. He advanced full funding for the Nurse Family Partnership, a home visitation program the New York Times calls America’s best anti-poverty effort.  Tim has been a steady voice for police and criminal justice reform. A Seattle native, Tim is a former police detective, radio journalist and communications consultant.


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