MPA Student Appointed to the UW Board of Regents

Evans School student Vanessa Kritzer has been named by Gov. Jay Inslee as the next UW student regent, a year-long appointment beginning July 1. Kritzer is the fifth student regent to come from the Evans School.

Kritzer has been actively involved in the UW community, having served in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), as an officer in the Evans Student Organization, as chair of the GPSS State Legislative Steering Committee and a member of the GPSS Diversity Committee.

Kritzer's appointment was...

MPA Students Showcase Research Projects

The Evans School Symposium of Public Affairs Research, held May 29, provided MPA students an opportunity to showcase their capstone projects, policy analyses, and other relevant research projects conducted for a range of regional, national, and international clients.

This year’s symposium featured 37 presenters and 15 posters on a range of topics including Washington work-family supports, self-help groups to improve maternal and infant health, campaign finance regulatory...

MPA Students Showcase Research Projects

The Evans School Symposium of Public Affairs Research, held May 29, provided MPA students an opportunity to showcase their capstone projects, policy analyses, and other relevant research projects conducted for a range of regional, national, and international clients.

This year’s symposium featured 37 presenters and 15 posters on a range of topics including Washington work-family supports, self-help groups to improve maternal and infant health, campaign finance regulatory...

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Evans School Name Change

Background The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the request that the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance be renamed the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. The new name will be effective July 1, 2015.

Why have we changed the name? The term “public affairs” has become outdated and misleading, and is frequently confused with the widely understood but unrelated practice of public relations. The Evans School offers a broad, multidisciplinary curriculum of courses designed to train our students to be well-educated, strategic,...

Day of Champions: GiveBig 2015

Every year, The Seattle Foundation inspires people to give generously to Puget Sound nonprofits by an annual one-day, online charitable giving event - GiveBig. This year’s theme, “Day of Champions,” emphasizes the important work that these nonprofits are doing for local communities. At the Evans School, we want to celebrate the great work that occurs in local nonprofits. The Evans School’s nonprofit management program is ranked 3rd in the nation, and we are proud of all the amazing graduates...

Evans School Students, Alum Elected to Campus Leadership Ranks

The UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) election results for the 2015-2016 have been announced and, continuing the tradition of MPA student leadership on GPSS, the Evans School will be strongly represented. Alex Bolton (MPA ’05) and current student at UW School of Law) has been elected the GPSS President. In officer roles, Brian Taubeneck (MPA ’16) has been elected external vice president and Kerstin Hudon (MPA ’16) has been elected treasurer.

Welcome New Faculty

The Evans School is thrilled to announce the appointments of two new faculty members. Scott Fritzen will be joining our faculty in September as an associate professor. Formerly at NYU Shanghai, Fritzen’s research interests include public sector reforms in developing countries, anti-corruption policymaking, and global public policy as an emerging field.

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Alumni Sally Clark, Abel Pacheco Hired for Key UW Jobs

Advisory Board member Sally Clark (MPA ’04) joins the UW as director of regional and community relations office, which works to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and looks for new opportunities to match the UW’s academic capital with needs in the region and community. She will lead the UW’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government. She will visit...

Deep Dive Capstone Projects: Innovative Problem Solving

In January, Professor Mark Long issued a challenge to fourteen students in his deep dive capstone course: make a policy recommendation to reduce Seattle’s public educational achievement and attainment gap—in ten weeks.

Under Professor Long’s guidance, students reviewed relevant literature, conducted interviews with key education and policy stakeholders, and brainstormed solutions. The group narrowed their initial fifty ideas down to five key policies that could potentially alleviate educational...

MPA Student Pushes for Change through Legislation

The suicide attempt of a friend prompted Lauren Davis (MPA ’16) to advocate for legislation to help those with mental illness and drug addiction in Washington state.

Under current Washington State Law, if someone is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to mental illness, they can be committed involuntarily to lifesaving psychiatric treatment. But there is no such process for someone who is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to chemical dependency.

Davis, who serves on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board and the King County Alcoholism and...