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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: The Ruckelshaus Center is working to keep our communities safe. All programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 12, 2020, the Center’s office is closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference. Contact information can be found here.


A Message from the Ruckelshaus Center Chair, Vice Chair, & Director

The Presidents of our two host universities, Washington State University and the University of Washington, issued statements in response to the events of summer 2020. Read more here.

Coronavirus 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’s Seattle office 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. For contact information, click 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.




Did you miss our 2020 Ruckelshaus Circle Luncheon? You can watch our virtual 10th Annual Ruckelshaus Circle Luncheon by clicking here or pasting this link:

If you have any questions, please contact the Center’s main line at: 206.428.3021.


TVW’s weekly show, The Impact focused on the work of the Ruckelshaus Center in a ten-minute interview with Michael Kern, Director of the Ruckelshaus Center. Watch the interview.


KOMO Radio interviewed Michael Kern, Director of the Ruckelshaus Center about the work the Center does and how beneficial the partnership between the University of Washington and Washington State University has been to solving complex policy issues within Washington.

Listen to the Interview here.

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Updated on September 28, 2020