Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be in attendance Tuesday for Pres. Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

O’Toole and Nadella will be seated among the guests 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 “represent the progress made since the President first delivered this speech seven years ago.”

“The guests personify President Obama’s time in office and most importantly, they represent who we are as Americans: inclusive and compassionate, innovative and courageous,” the White House said.

In making the announcement, the White House said:

Chief Kathleen O’Toole 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 Kathleen’s role as Chief, she served as Chief Inspector of the Gardia Síochána 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 O’Toole is married to a retired police detective, Dan O’Toole, and they have a daughter, Meghan.

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, a position he’s 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, 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 Satya’s 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 master’s in computer science and a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and University of Chicago, respectively. Satya and his wife, Anupuma, have three children.

“This 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. I’m 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)

Letter Writer

Jennifer Bragdon (Austin, TX)

Community College Student

Edith Childs (Greenwood, SC)

Greenwood County Councilmember

Cynthia “Cindy” 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)

Syrian Refugee

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)

Connecticut Governor

Braeden Mannering (Bear, DE)

Let’s Move!

Jim Obergefell (Cincinnati, OH)


Ryan Reyes (San Bernardino, CA)


Ronna Rice (Greeley, CO)

Small Business Owner

Cedric Rowland (Chicago, IL)

ACA Navigator

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

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