The Ruckelshaus Center

Road Map to Washington’s Future

Chehalis Basin Strategy

Collaborative Health Policy

Statespersonship in D.C.

Prospects for Collaboration in 2017

2017 Luncheon

Over 500 business, academic, and community leaders attended this year’s Ruckelshaus Center Chairman Circle Luncheon featuring Condoleezza Rice. Thank you to all who attended! You helped the Center raise vital operating capital that promises to strengthen and sustain the collaborative methodology that allows our government to fulfill its highest functions – fostering practical, win/win solutions to real-world challenges. We are so grateful for your support. Thank you again for joining us in this important work – we couldn’t do it without you!

A Special Thanks from UW President Ana Mari Cauce and WSU President Kirk Schulz

Watch the video testimonial below regarding the value and importance of the Ruckelshaus Center’s work.

Ruckelshaus Center Chairman’s Circle Luncheon

View footage from the event below or visit TVW.


Learn more about the Ruckelshaus Center’s annual Chairman Circle Luncheon.



The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to help parties involved in complex public policy challenges in the State of Washington and 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 October 18, 2017



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eNews Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 version of our eNewsletter is now available. To read more, click here.

Internship Opportunities

Are you a graduate student or a recent graduate student? The Center accepts internship applications on a rolling basis to prepare the next generation of collaborative leaders. Learn more about our internship opportunities.

Hot off the Press!

Center Director Michael Kern recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Human Sciences & Extension entitled Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers.

Earlier this year Michael also co-authored a book chapter entitled “The Public Sector as Mediator: The Role of Public Institutions in Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution”. The book is available here.

Healthcare Webinar

Kevin Harris, Senior Facilitator – Health Policy, recently conducted a national webinar entitled Collaborative Governance in Health: the Link Between Collaborative Process and Implementation. In case you missed it, watch here.

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