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Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

December, 2016 -- Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting. Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here.

 

December, 2016

Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting.

Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here:

On the morning of December 8th, a group of Alliance leaders and partners met with Governor Jay Inslee at the Executive Residence for a working breakfast.

As one might expect, it was a beautiful setting with chandeliers, white linens, fine china and a lovely buffet which helped set the tone for this unique opportunity.

Also present were several members of the Governor's Executive staff and Representative Timm Ormsby.

As always, much had gone into preparing for this important meeting.  One of our main goals was to make sure that by the end of the meeting the Governor understood more about the Spokane Alliance, the strength and diversity of the partnerships within the Alliance, and the value the organization brings to expanding and nurturing our civic infrastructure.

In order to achieve this goal we told our story. One after the other, in a perfect order, attendees from the faith community, from health and labor and education and local government described the organization, the membership, the partnerships and the advocacy that is ongoing; safe and sick leave, the jail diversion facility, access to mental health treatment, better access and funding for overall healthcare, and the All In for Washington campaign for reforming our "regressive and upside down tax code".  We described our values.

We asked for the Governor's support and suggested our willingness to support his efforts when those efforts and values are the same. I don't think we could have done a better job or been more authentic than we were.  Our story was one of multiple dimensions, each related to, and building on the other.


Gov Inslee Meeting

Spokane Alliance leaders with Governor Jay Inslee

I am not sure how this will play out over the long run. Elected's tend to have a very different calculation to make than those of us who labor at a different level.  The space in which they operate is always under constant pressure of shifting constraints and opportunities and it is those forces that determine what decisions they will or will not be able to make.

But I sure think that we established ourselves in a most credible way.  And as with all relationships, we will need to keep at it, deepening the relationships with staff, demonstrating our value and reminding the Governor of our efforts and the role we can play.

A special acknowledgement is due to Melissa Carpenter, Eastern Washington Regional Representative for Governor Jay Inslee, who played a big role in setting up this meeting.
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