6th Annual Event: Roots of Recovery

September 28th, 12-1:30 pm PDT

Bell Harbor | 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle


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Evergreen Treatment Services

4634 E Marginal Way S, Suite C110

Seattle, WA 98134

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ETS fosters healing with person-centered homeless outreach services and substance use treatment that are deeply rooted in community justice and health equity. Join us to celebrate the growing strength of our community!


Desmond Meade sits with his finger tips together, looking at the camera.

Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, a graduate of Miami Dade College, Florida International University College of Law, a Ford Global Fellow, and a 2021 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.

Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2019, Desmond presently leads efforts to empower and civically re-engage local communities across the state, and to reshape local, state, and national criminal justice policies. His work has resulted in being named Floridian and Central Floridian of the Year 2019.

As President and Executive Director of FRRC, which is recognized for its work on voting and criminal justice reform issues, Desmond led the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. Amendment 4 represented the single largest expansion of voting rights in the United States in half a century and brought an end to 150 years of a Jim Crow-era law in Florida.

A sought-after speaker, Desmond has made numerous appearances on radio and television, and has spoken before national organizations such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bread for the World. Desmond has testified before Congressional members and staffers and was a part of a delegation to the United Nations where he gave testimony regarding disenfranchisement in Florida. Desmond orchestrated a historic meeting at the White House between returning citizens and President Obama’s administration. Most recently, Desmond served as a Commissioner on the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice which was co-chaired by former U.S. Attorney Generals Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzalez. He is also a member of the Council on Criminal Justice. He has appeared on numerous shows such as Al-Jazeera, Democracy NOW, MSNBC with Joy Ann Reid, FOX News with Dana Perino and Tucker Carlson, Samantha Bee, and All In with Chris Hayes. He is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post in which one of his articles about the death of Trayvon Martin garnered national attention. Desmond has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles and was chosen as a “Game Changer” by Politic 365, as well as being recognized as a “Foot Soldier” on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Desmond is married and has five beautiful children.

Twitter: @DesmondMeade


Mark Wright is a former broadcast journalist and TV news anchor. His career in journalism spanned 35 years—starting in Public Radio and ending as evening news anchor for KING 5 (NBC) in Seattle. Mark is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his work as an anchor, documentary producer, and reporter. His work has aired in markets including Boise, Spokane, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and nationally on NBC Nightly News. Mark left TV news in February of 2022 and is now enjoying a new career as a mortgage loan originator for Cross Country Mortgage in Seattle. Whether it’s for a first home or a dream home, Mark loves helping families and individuals secure home mortgages.

Mark is a respected community leader in Seattle. He is a member of and past president of the Rotary Club of Seattle. Mark is also a member of the Community Development Roundtable—an exclusive leadership group sponsored by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. The CDRT is dedicated to making Seattle a better place to work and live. Mark is also a board member for the non-profit World Without Hate. Mark is deeply committed to public service. As an event emcee, he’s worked with dozens of non-profits—helping raise millions of dollars.




Interested in sponsoring Roots of Recovery? Contact Tavia Rhodes trhodes[at]evergreentreatment[dot]org for sponsorship opportunities or to sign up as a Table Captain!

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