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Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to arts and tech. They are you.

Our theme this year is Citizen Power, particularly in the shadow of Ferguson and Staten Island, and the 50th anniversary of so much of the Civil Rights Movement. This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. Citizen Power Now!

Darnell Strom 2013 CitizenU


Friday, March 20

5:30p       Check-In, Reception
6:30-9p   Opening Session. Keynote: Ai-jen Poo, The Age of Dignity;
Panel: Dignity and Economic Justice with Ai-jen Poo, Carmen Rojas, Susie Young, Silvia Gonzalez. Moderated by Courtney Martin. Co-presented with SEIU 775NW Reclaiming Prosperity.
Panel: Ferguson and Beyond: Bukky Gbadegesin, Waylon McDonald, Reuben Riggs-Bookman, Jazmine Cañez. Moderated by Eric Liu.

Saturday, March 21

8a            Conference Check-In
8:30a       Conference Opening, Eric Liu
8:45a       Plenary Talks: Matt Kibbe, Alison Holcomb, Heather McGhee
10:40a     Breakout Sessions: Matt Kibbe, Alison Holcomb, TBA
12p          Family-style lunch. Talks by Chris Marvin, Asha Curran.
1:20p       Plenary Talks: Shannon Watts, Mauricio Lim Miller, Nick Hanauer
3p            Breakout Sessions: Shannon Watts, Family Independence Initiative, Nick Hanauer, Lynn Novick, Ruthie Ackerman
4:20p       Plenary Session: The Art of Social Change, a conversation with Claudia Rankine, Robert Schenkkan and Eric Liu. Youth Panel with Opportunity Youth United, National Council of Young Leaders. Conference Closing with Pastor Patrinell Wright
5:30p       Reception and Book Signing

Times and speakers subject to change. 


Beautiful Seattle Center


Thank You


Register by Feb. 28

Register today with our February Discount and save $25 off a regular priced registration. Price increases March 1, 2015.

  • Students, seniors, veterans and those in public service can register for $75.
  • Refund Policy: Jan.1 – Feb. 28 – Registrations are refundable at 50%. After March 1: Registrations are NOT refundable. You can always transfer your registration to another person at no charge, even on event day.


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Fly Delta to CitizenUCon15

We are pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines, Inc. is our exclusive airline partner. Receive a discount when you fly Delta to CitizenUCon15. Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code “NMKUG” in the box provided on the Search Flights page. Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.

  • Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above. Fare Details Discounts applicable to U.S./ Canada originating passengers. Contract not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers. Not all fares are eligible for use with this contract. Fare rules will determine eligibility.

We need Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering before, during and after the conference please email Sasha Cousineau.

Questions and general inquiries? Email Ben Phillips.