SPD Chief, Microsoft CEO to attend State of the Union – KING5.com
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen OâToole and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be in attendance Tuesday for Pres. Barack Obamaâs State of the Union Address.
O’Toole and NadellaÂ will be seated among the guestsÂ seated with the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President.
The White House previously announced that one seat will be left empty for the victims of gun violence.
The White House said Sunday that the individuals in the guest box ârepresent the progress made since the President first delivered this speech seven years ago.â
âThe guests personify President Obamaâs time in office and most importantly, they represent who we are as Americans: inclusive and compassionate, innovative and courageous,â the White House said.
In making the announcement, the White House said:
Chief Kathleen OâToole has led the Seattle Police Department in developing its approach to community policing, and her focus on improving officer morale, implementing new policies and optimizing department resources has received national attention. Under her leadership, the department tested a six-month pilot program for body-worn police cameras focused on public transparency, and the Department of Justice awarded the department a $600,000 grant to expand the program. Last year, the Seattle Police Department presented its policies at the White House Police Data Initiative as part of its renewed emphasis on accountability and transparency. Prior to Kathleenâs role as Chief, she served as Chief Inspector of the Gardia SÃochÃ¡na Inspectorate in Ireland, responsible for developing best practices of the Irish police service and rose the ranks of Massachusetts law enforcement, finishing as the first female Boston police commissioner in 2004. Chief OâToole is married to a retired police detective, Dan OâToole, and they have a daughter, Meghan.
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, a position heâs held since February 2014 at the company he joined in 1992. Microsoft has been a leader in expanding access to computer science in K-12 classrooms, and in Teach.org, a private public partnership to increase awareness of and support for the teaching profession. In September, the company announced a new $75 million effort to expand computer science education, including opportunities for engineers from Microsoft and other companies with teachers to team-teach computer science. In October 2015, under Satyaâs leadership, Microsoft increased its paid leave benefits by eight weeks and now includes 20 weeks of paid leave for new mothers and 12 weeks for non-birth parents. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Satya received a masterâs in computer science and a masterâs in business administration from the University of Wisconsin â Milwaukee and University of Chicago, respectively. Satya and his wife, Anupuma, have three children.
âThis recognition by the President of the United States and the visit last summer by Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of the men and women of SPD and the Seattle community. Iâm truly honored to attend the State of the Union representing Mayor Ed Murray, SPD, the Seattle community. I thank the President and First Lady for their invitation,” O’Toole said.
Others in attendance:
Sue Ellen Allen (Scottsdale, AZ)
Criminal Justice Reform
Gloria Balenski (Schaumburg, IL)
Jennifer Bragdon (Austin, TX)
Community College Student
Edith Childs (Greenwood, SC)
Greenwood County Councilmember
Cynthia âCindyâ K. Dias (Las Vegas, NV)
Veteran, Veterans Homelessness Advocate
Mark Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Small Business Owner
Cary Dixon (Huntington, WV)
Mother, Opioid Reform Advocate
Lydia Doza (Klamath Falls, OR // Anchorage, AK)
College Student, STEM Advocate
Refaai Hamo (Troy, MI)
Lisa Jaster (Houston, TX)
Major, U.S. Army Reserve, Ranger School Graduate
Mayor Mark Luttrell (Shelby County, TN)
Shelby County Mayor
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hartford, CT)
Braeden Mannering (Bear, DE)
Jim Obergefell (Cincinnati, OH)
Ryan Reyes (San Bernardino, CA)
Ronna Rice (Greeley, CO)
Small Business Owner
Cedric Rowland (Chicago, IL)
Naveed Shah (Springfield, VA)
U.S. Army Veteran
Earl Smith (Austin, TX)
Spencer Stone (Sacramento, CA)
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Oscar Vazquez (Fort Worth, TX)
Veteran, DREAMer, STEM leader