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Statesmanship in the Statehouse

Chairman's Circle Lunch 2015

Chairman's Circle Lunch 2014

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Chehalis Basin Strategy

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Stateswomanship Lunch

December 2014

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


The Center envisions a future in which government leaders, policy makers, and citizens routinely employ tools of collaborative decision making to design, conduct, and implement successful public policy processes.


We are a joint effort of Washington State University, hosted and administered by the WSU Extension, and the University of Washington, hosted through 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.


Collaboration, consensus, neutrality, knowledge, education, inquiry, and civility


Updated on May 2, 2016



Give BIG 2016

Passionate about supporting the work of the Ruckelshaus Center? Make your dollars go further by giving to the center through the Seattle Foundation’s Give BIG campaign on Tuesday, May 3. To make a donation, click here.

“Next Gen” Reception 4-29-16

Thanks to all those who joined us for our April 29th “Next Gen” reception at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. It was wonderful to hear your amazing perspectives and ideas for the future of collaborative leadership in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest.

Interns Needed! Apply Now.

The Ruckelshaus Center is currently seeking a current or recent graduate student to provide Development & Event support with an anticipated start date in June 2016. Applications are due April 29th, to view the position description, click here.

The Center also accepts general internship applications on a rolling basis. For more information on our internship program click here.

Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Last month, the Ruckelshaus Center facilitated plenary and breakout sessions at the Agriculture in a Changing Climate workshop to help participants identify shared interests that will inform a white paper. Read more about it here.

Remembering Doug Walker

The Ruckelshaus Center is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Advisory Board member and friend Doug Walker. Details are available in this article.

2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom

On November 24th, President Obama awarded Bill Ruckelshaus and Billy Frank, Jr. the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. For more information, click here.

Fall 2015 eNews

The latest version of the Ruckelshaus Center’s eNews is now available. Read more >

Healthcare Policy Study

The Center has recently completed a study assessing demand for healthcare policy consensus building in Washington and the Northwest. The Center is currently seeking to build capacity and increase involvement in healthcare policy projects. For more information, click here.

Ruckelshaus Center on KOMO News Radio

KOMO News Radio highlighted the Center’s collaboration between WSU and UW in a segment that aired before the 2013 Apple Cup. Listen to the segment >


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