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The Ruckelshaus Center and its universities (Washington State University and the University of Washington) have been closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19. The Center’s offices at Washington State University Seattle and at the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance are closed to the public, but our team is still doing its work virtually and can be reached via phone or email. You can find contact information here.


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 community members 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 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.




Please join us on February 16, 2022 for the Ruckelshaus Circle Luncheon, which will feature author Mark Gerzon and filmmaker Ben Rekhi. You can learn more about the Luncheon here. You can purchase tickets, make a donation, or sponsor the Luncheon here.


The Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub will help coastal communities build resiliency against tsunamis, rising sea levels, and other hazards. The Ruckelshaus Center will assist the Hub by developing collaborative workshops, leadership institutes, and research studios. You can learn more about the Hub here and here.


Conflict Resolution Quarterly has published an article co-authored by Michael Kern, Director of the Ruckelshaus Center. You can find the article, “Collaborative Governance: The Role of University Centers, Institutes, and Programs,” here.


Michael Kern, Director of the Ruckelshaus Center, was featured on TVW. In his interview, Michael described how the Center addresses complex public policy issues. You can watch his interview here.


Michael Kern and Bill Ruckelshaus were featured on KOMO Radio. In their interview, Michael and Bill discussed the work of the Center. You can listen to their interview here.

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Updated on October 18, 2021