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COVID-19

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Identity

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.

Values

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

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Announcements:

RALPH MUNRO JOINS EMERITUS BOARD

The Ruckelshaus Center is delighted to announce that five-time Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro has joined Jack Creighton, Billy Frank Jr, Bill Gates Sr, Slade Gorton, and Bill Ruckelshaus as a member of the of the Emeritus Board. You can learn more here.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COMMUNICATION FRAMEWORK

Led by Senior Facilitator for Health Policy Kevin Harris, the Ruckelshaus Center has successfully built an intergovernmental communication framework. While building this framework, county commissioners and state officials moved past six years of conflict. You can learn more here.

PHYLLIS SHULMAN NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR

Phyllis Shulman has accepted the Interim Director position with the Ruckelshaus Center. Phyllis will serve as the Interim Director, beginning January 1st, until a permanent Director is chosen. You can learn more here.

YEAR-END GIVING

By including us in your year-end giving, you can help advance the Center’s mission: to help community members, business leaders, and government decision-makers collaboratively tackle complex policy challenges. You can view our 2021 Year-End Appeal here.

2021-22 RUCKELSHAUS CIRCLE LUNCHEON

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.

TVW INTERVIEW

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.

KOMO RADIO INTERVIEW

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.

Updated on January 4, 2022