eNews                                                    Spring 2019

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to help the parties in complex public policy challenges in Washington and the Pacific Northwest tap university expertise to develop collaborative, durable, and effective solutions.

The Center is a joint effort of Washington State University (via WSU Extension) and the University of Washington (via the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance). Building on the unique strengths of these two institutions, the Center applies university resources and knowledge towards solving challenging public policy issues.

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Chairman's Circle Luncheon Features
Robert Siegel & Celebrates Bill Ruckelshaus
Save the date for our Ninth Annual Chairman’s Circle Luncheon on September 13, 2019! It features former NPR All Things Considered host, Robert Siegel. Join us as we celebrate our founder, Bill Ruckelshaus, as he becomes Chair Emeritus. This event will honor and celebrate Bill and his contributions to our state, region, and nation, as a leader in the public and private sector. His deep regard for, belief in, and commitment to our region and to public service have made a lasting impact. Join us to celebrate Bill, and the ways in which the Ruckelshaus Center embodies his vision of addressing challenges and creating change.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Chris Page at 206.770.6060, or by emailing c.page@wsu.edu.
Advisory Board Welcomes & Farewells

Happily, the Center will remain in good hands when Bill moves to Chair Emeritus. The Presidents of WSU and UW tapped long-time Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board member, former Snohomish County Executive and former Puget Sound Regional Council President, Bob Drewel, as Chair Elect. Bob is an articulate and committed spokesperson for the Center and collaborative policy making with strong relationships at both universities and across many policy sectors. While we cannot truly replace Bill, we are delighted to welcome Bob to help guide the next phase of the Center’s work. Phyllis Campbell will remain as Vice Chair, and Ralph Munro as Executive Committee Chair.
We are thrilled to welcome two new Board members:
  • Heather Redman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics, a WSU Regent, recent Chair of the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber, and Chair of the WA Technology Industry Association (among other areas of service).
  • David Fleming, VP of Global Health Programs at PATH, a non-profit that accelerates health equity around the world. Dr. Fleming brings more than 30 years of experience in public health leadership as the director and health officer for Public Health - Seattle and King County (PHSKC) and in positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Oregon Health Division.
We also bid fond farewells to UW Evans School Dean Sandra Archibald (stepping down in December to return to the faculty) and WSU Provost Dan Bernardo (retiring in August). Dean Archibald and Provost Bernardo have been long-time supporters of the Center as ex-officio members of the Advisory Board. Dean Archibald has led our UW host unit since the Center’s founding, and Provost Bernardo served on our Board in three roles: WSU Provost, Interim WSU President, and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources (the home of Extension, our WSU host).
Staff Welcomes & Farewells
Former Project Coordinator, Molly Stenovec, has accepted a new position as Project and Program Manager. Rebecca Rosario has joined the Center as Communication Coordinator for WSU Extension's CED. Benji Rinehart will support the analysis and report-writing phase of the Road Map to Washington’s Future project. We bid farewell and thanks to Development Officer Viv Ilo Veith along with our largest-ever group of project interns: Amy Burkel, Marcus Chaffee, Valerie Cleland, Maggie Counihan, Alexa Schreier, and Shelby Thomas. Center Director Michael Kern has returned from a six-month sabbatical as Visiting Faculty at the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute.
Ongoing & New Projects
The Road Map to Washington’s Future project successfully completed more than 70 workshops in 25 regions across the state along with a statewide survey, 100+ interviews with individuals and groups, workshops in Spanish, a “next generation” element, and a 1,400-person online survey—all on how the State’s growth planning framework helps or hinders progress toward a desired future. After analyzing all the data, the team will deliver a report to the Legislature by June 30.

The Center’s Developmental Disabilities Residential Options, Career Colleges, and Coast Resilience projects all resulted in consensus recommendations that informed decision-making and legislation. Each also led to follow-up work that the Center will facilitate in the coming year. The State Legislature also asked the Center to serve as an impartial facilitator for a two-year Criminal Sentencing Reform Task Force. Our small, but mighty staff has also been tasked with Aviation Biofuels, Collaborative Capacity Building, criminal justice and healthcare diversion in Everett, and other efforts. Call or email our office anytime to chat with the project leads on any of these projects.

Support the Ruckelshaus Center
As the above examples illustrate, the Ruckelshaus Center offers unique and powerful value to our state – we make public policy work. Regardless of your political priorities or preferences, you can agree that we need this now more than ever. Your support allows us to innovate and create, to help before there’s a contract in place or after it expires (sometimes the most important steps occur at these junctures!), and to build understanding of the methods and value of collaboration and the skills and capacity to successfully participate.

Our fiscal year ends June 30. Please contribute to ensure that we remain vital in the coming year, and to support Bill Ruckelshaus’ vision long after he steps down from the helm. Give through our website, email us at ruckelshauscenter@wsu.edu, or call 206.428.3021. Your gift gets you donor credit at WSU and/or UW; let us know your preference when you make your gift.

Thank you for all you do for the Center, our state, and our region!
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