This year, for the first time, we recruited Crosscut Civic Ambassadors — and boy, were we impressed with the candidates. From an urban planner to a museum director to young professionals, the caliber of applicants made it difficult to choose just ten. We were looking for the A-Team of civic nerds, eager to bring new perspectives to Crosscut and passionate about civic engagement — and we got it!
So what is a Crosscut Civic Ambassador? They're a conduit between Crosscut and their community (be it geographic, demographic, or social). They attend civic events, keep their finger on the pulse of the issues and events most relevant to their community, and inform Crosscut’s editorial team about key coverage needs. Most of all, they believe (as we at Crosscut do) that an informed public is essential if we are to find good solutions to the civic and political challenges of our time.
As Crosscut's coverage continues to expand beyond Seattle and Olympia, Civic Ambassadors — from Redmond to Renton — will partner with us to infuse new perspectives, new ideas, and new voices to the site. We even have a Civic Ambassador Abroad to keep us up-to-date on what's happening in Washington, D.C. We have a political analyst, communications professionals, education and transportation advocates, history buffs and more. You can get the inside scoop on the 2015-2016 Civic Ambassadors here.