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A century old environmental conservation nonprofit undergoes major organizational change from volunteer leadership to professional management. The case enables analysis of multiple perspectives on major organizational change over time: from systems, structure, and strategy to deeper cultural issues.

The purpose of this teaching case is to analyze the challenges of organizational change in a nonprofit organization as it moves from being predominantly voluntarist to being professionally managed.

This E-PARCC award-winning case chronicles Seattle’s effort in 2014 to become the first major city in the country to pass a law raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. It’s told from the perspective of protagonist Ed Murray, the newly elected Mayor of Seattle who attempts to broker a deal by assembling a large and diverse committee of affected stakeholders to write the law.

This E-PARCC award-winning case, "Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate” provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy-making process in a major city.