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Mission and Vision

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution.

The Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two research universities and was developed in response to requests from community leaders. Building on the unique strengths of the two institutions, the Center is dedicated to assisting public, private, tribal, non-profit and other community leaders in their efforts to build consensus and resolve conflicts around difficult public policy issues. The Center also advances the teaching and research missions of the two universities by bringing real-world policy issues to the academic setting.

The Center is hosted at the University of Washington by the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and at Washington State University by WSU Extension.  It is guided by an advisory board of prominent local, state and regional leaders representing a broad range of constituencies and geographic locations. The board is chaired by William Ruckelshaus.

The Center envisions a future in which governmental leaders, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest routinely employ the tools of collaborative decision making to design, conduct and implement successful public policy processes.


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Updated on April 1, 2014



Internships Available

The Ruckelshaus Center is currently seeking graduate students to serve as interns. This is a paid position.

For more information view the Position Description.

Ruckelshaus Center on KOMO News Radio

KOMO News Radio highlighted the Center's collaboration between WSU and UW in a segment that aired before the 2013 Apple Cup.

Listen to the segment.

Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Assessment

The Ruckelshaus Center and Oregon Consensus have released the report from their situation assessment of Columbia River salmon and steelhead recovery over the long-term. Read the report.

Public Records Act and Local Government

The Center has released the report from its situation assessment of public records requests made to local governments. Read the report.

Legislative Event

Washington State Governance Series

The Center is serving as a series sponsor for this series, which includes lunch events in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia hosted by the Governor’s and Secretary of State’s offices. Watch the video of the January 22 forum in Olympia, which featured a panel of current and former legislators.

Statesmanship & Public Policy Luncheon

On December 6, the Ruckelshaus Center and Slade Gorton International Policy Center hosted a lunch conversation with four of the most highly regarded senior statesmen in Washington state to share their views and insights on current state of affairs in Washington, D.C. and around the county.

Watch the video of the event on

eNews Fall 2013

The latest version of the Ruckelshaus Center's eNews is now available. Read more

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