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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 12/17/2018


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Project Update

Legislative Public Records Task Force reached consensus on eight (8) different findings to submit to the Legislature via the Ruckelshaus Center’s amazing facilitation efforts with Project Lead Chris Page. The Associated Press wrote an article that was picked up by a few news outlets. Read more here: USNews.

eNews Fall 2018

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

2018 Chairman Circle Luncheon

was a remarkable event, featuring an engaging conversation with the National Institute for Civil Discourse about the current tenor of public dialogue regionally and nationally, and how NICD and the Ruckelshaus Center’s work help us get from mutual recriminations to multi-party solutions. Thanks to TVW’s filming you can view the whole event here.

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


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.

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.