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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 08/01/2018

Special Events

2018 Chairman’s Circle Luncheon

Reviving Civility
September 11, 2018
12:30-1:30 @ Washington State Convention Center

eNews Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 version of our eNewsletter is now available. Read the Spring 2018 issue.


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Statespersonship from the Governor’s Mansion

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Statesperson Luncheon. Learn more about our annual luncheon.

Science for the Legislature

In October 2017, the Center co-sponsored a workshop on Enhancing Scientific and Technical Expertise for the Washington State Legislature. View the proceedings (1 MB)

Ruckelshaus Center on TVW

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

2017 Chairman Circle Luncheon

  • A Special Thanks from the UW and WSU Presidents. (Video)
  • 2017 Chairman’s Circle Luncheon featuring 66th US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Video)

Recreation Fees in Washington

Final Report is now available! The Center reported to the Washington State Legislature on ways worked ways to improve simplicity, consistency, and equity in the passes and fees required to recreate on state and federal public lands, while maintaining the fiscal health of the land management agencies. Learn More


Center Director Michael Kern authored an article in the Journal of Extension entitled Developing and Managing an Advisory Board to Support Extension-Based Centers and Other Programs. Additionally, Project and Development Lead, Chris Page, authored an article published in the Journal of Extension entitled Creating and Implementing Diverse Development Strategies to Support Extension Centers and Programs.