Seattle Foundation’s Civic Commons initiative is a new way of taking action together on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges.

By elevating community voices and uniting different sectors around mutually agreed goals, Civic Commons aims to build the infrastructure and collective muscle needed to address the root causes of inequity in Greater Seattle.


Civic Commons consists of two programs: WE Belong Here and the Regional Dashboard.


About US

We believe that in order to close the gaps that divide our community and improve the lives of everyone from Shoreline to SeaTac, we must take action together in fundamentally different ways than we have in the past.

Seattle Foundation has long been committed to changing the systems that aren’t working for everyone through our pursuit of community-driven, cross-sector partnerships. Our new Civic Commons initiative builds on the Foundation’s commitment to inclusion by seeking solutions that emerge from local community members and institutions working together. Civic Commons is led by Michael Brown, and it’s We Belong Here program is led by Frank Nam.


Our Approach

Our region’s rapid growth has left many people behind, and too often, we’ve seen our decision-making infrastructure struggle to make progress on economic and social challenges.

We know our most intractable problems are rooted in policies and practices that exclude people, so Civic Commons will seek solutions that emerge from the inclusion of local community members and institutions working together. We strongly believe that diverse coalitions can challenge people to approach the process of finding solutions differently. Civic Commons works to change the way we take action together on our region’s biggest challenges by emphasizing the co-creation of solutions and the elevation of more community voices into leadership roles.

We’re doing things differently, starting with a new project called We Belong Here.

Photos on this page by Danielle Elliott.