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Faculty, Staff & Practitioners

The Center maintains a small staff to ensure efficient stewardship of resources while providing quick response to requests for assistance. The Center accesses the expertise of faculty, staff and students at both Universities. These university assets can be augmented by outside practitioners. This means the Center is able to call upon renowned subject matter experts in tailoring a specific response to each project. The Center also provides graduate internship opportunities to help build the next generation of leaders.

Core Faculty and Staff


Michael Kern Square HeadshotMichael Kern, MPA
Rajcich Square HeadshotCheryl Rajcich, MA (Pullman)
Associate Director, WSU Extension CED Program
Maria Anguiano
Operations Manager
Harris Square HeadshotKevin Harris, MPA, MBA
Senior Facilitator – Health Policy
Amanda Murphy Square HeadshotAmanda Murphy, MMA 
Project & Research Specialist
Chris Page Square HeadshotChris Page, MPA 
Senior Project and Development Lead
Zellah headshotZellah Russeff 
Clerical Assistant
Molly S Square HeadshotMolly Stenovec, MS
Project and Program Manager

Affiliated Faculty and Practitioners

no imageJim Kramer (Seattle)
(206) 841-2145
Phyllis headshotPhyllis Shulman
Special Projects
(206) 446-8788
Joe Tovar HeadshotJoe Tovar FAICP, MUP
Co-Project Lead
(425) 263-2792

University Liaisons

Michael Gaffney, WSU Liaison
Director, WSU Extension Community & Economic Development Program
Stephanie Harrington HeadshotStephanie Harrington, UW Liaison
Assistant Dean,
UW College of the Environment
Christine Cimini headshotChristine Cimini, UW Liaison
Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Craig Thomas HeadshotCraig Thomas, Ph.D., Professor, UW Evans School
of Public Policy and Governance

Endowment Campaign Co-Chairs

Bob Drewel HeadshotBob Drewel
Endowment Campaign Co-Chair
Di Hodgson
Endowment Campaign Co-Chair
Dave McShea
Endowment Campaign Co-Chair


Amy headshotAmy Burkel 
Road Map Project Intern
Marcus Chaffee Marcus Chaffee headshot
Road Map Project Intern
Brady NordstromBrady Nordstrom
Development Intern
alexa headshotAlexa Schreier 
Research Intern

Shelby Thomas
Legislative Records Project Intern

Updated on June 26, 2019