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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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Mission and Vision

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution.

The Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two research universities and was developed in response to requests from community leaders. Building on the unique strengths of the two institutions, the Center is dedicated to assisting public, private, tribal, non-profit and other community leaders in their efforts to build consensus and resolve conflicts around difficult public policy issues. The Center also advances the teaching and research missions of the two universities by bringing real-world policy issues to the academic setting.

The Center is hosted at the University of Washington at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and at Washington State University by WSU Extension. It is guided by an advisory board of prominent local, state and regional leaders representing a broad range of constituencies and geographic locations. The board is chaired by William Ruckelshaus.

The Center envisions a future in which governmental leaders, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest routinely employ the tools of collaborative decision making to design, conduct and implement successful public policy processes.

Updated on January 13, 2015



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.

Thank you for attending the 2015 Statesmanship Luncheon!

Thanks to all those who attended our December 9th Statesmanship in the Statehouse Luncheon. For those that were unable to join us, watch TVW’s footage of the luncheon here.

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.

Eldercare Fact Sheets

The Center recently completed two peer-reviewed, WSU Extension Fact Sheets entitled Washington State’s Eldercare Workforce and Aging in Place: A Policy Approach for Aging Well in Washington State. The documents can be viewed and downloaded for free at

Internships Available

The Ruckelshaus Center is seeking graduate students to serve as interns. This is a paid position. For more information about our internships, 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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