60th Anniversary Celebration

Join us October 27, 2022!

Honoring our past. Celebrating the achievements of today. Inspiring the work ahead.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
University of Washington Husky Union Building
4001 East Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

On October 27, 2022, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance will celebrate six decades of inspiring public service.

For the past several years, we have all struggled with reimagining what it means to gather. Barriers to past ways of connecting have urged us to examine why we gather, with whom and how.

This fall, Dean Jodi Sandfort and the Evans School team are building on this pivotal moment for our democracy and the decades-long legacy of driving impact in our communities to honor our past, celebrate the achievements of today, and inspire the work ahead. Join us to celebrate 60 years of public policy excellence at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and recognize leaders in our community driving positive change with the inaugural Public Service Awards.

To long-time friends, welcome home. To new community members and the greater community of change agents, let us pull out a chair.

To all who are inspired by our vision of “inclusively built societies powered by collective wisdom, brave leadership, and rigorous action” we invite you to join us for an evening of discussion, festivity, and community.

Registration has closed.

Award Recipients

Community Catalyst Awardee
Veronica Very
Founder & Visionary at Wonder of Women International

Systems Changemaker Awardee
Kymber Waltmunson
King County Auditor

Dean’s Leadership Award
Washington State Supreme Court
Represented by Chief Justice Steve C. González

Dean’s Leadership Award
Vicki Aken
International Rescue Committee Afghanistan Director

Event Information

  • Community Catalyst Award: Research proves grassroots leadership is a critical component of any community’s wellbeing. The Community Catalyst Award recognizes a leader whose efforts impact not just any community, but one which they call home, too. This individual is celebrated for their consistent efforts to foster collaboration, amplify local voices with special attention to historically underrepresented groups, and maintain proximity to those who are impacted most by their work.
  • Systems Changemaker Award: The Systems Changemaker Award recognizes a leader with remarkable sensitivity to the future and courageous determination to do what is necessary today to inspire a better tomorrow. They use strategic and pragmatic leadership as a medium to create change. And while their individual influence can move mountains, this changemaker intentionally shares power and responsibility. They understand systems change is most achievable when conducted as a collective effort, and are a trusted convener and facilitator of collaborative action.
  • Dean’s Leadership Award: The Dean’s Leadership Award celebrates an individual or group committed to equity, radical courage, and uncompromising servant leadership. This leader is not afraid to run against the grain where required to support human dignity, embrace diversity, and foster democratic ideals.

5:30 p.m.: Doors open and champagne pre-reception begins with music by amazing nonprofit partner Seattle JazzED

6:00 p.m.: Dinner and program

  • Welcoming remarks by Dean Jodi Sandfort, Dr. Stephan Blanford, and UW President Ana Mari Cauce
  • Honoring our past: a celebration of Dan Evans’ legacy of leadership
  • Celebrating the achievements of today: presentation of our inaugural Public Leadership Awards to Veronica Very, Kymber Waltmunson, the WA State Supreme Court, and Vicki Aken
  • Inspiring our future: panel conversation with awardees and table discussion around building a thriving democracy
  • Let’s partner! An invitation to engage by EMPA alum, J. Eduardo Campos

8:00 p.m.: Closing

The HUB is located on central campus and is accessible by public transportation and car. We recommend parking in the Padelford Parking Lot (Levels N20 – N21 $6.25 after 4:00 p.m.) or the Central Garage ($12.50 after 4:00 p.m.). Please note: easy drop-off/pick-up near the HUB’s south entrance is accessible via lot C17. A parking permit is not needed for drop-off/pick-up.

Handicap accessible parking is available in lot C17 or lot N22 with a state-issued disability parking permit and a UW parking permit from any parking gate. Please email evansadv@uw.edu with any accessibility accommodations you might require for the evening.

To help keep our community safe, we’re kindly requesting that all guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test result within 48-hours before the event. (More information please refer to the FDA approved antigen test site.)

We want you to look and feel your best, so wear what’s comfortable for you! Think cocktail, business, or social change agent fancy.

All cancellations should be sent to evansadv@uw.edu. If you are no longer able to attend the event, cancellations made by October 19 will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made after that date cannot be refunded due to meal expenses that have already been incurred, however, the cost of your ticket purchase can be converted into a donation (tax deductible to the extent of law) or you can give the ticket to someone else.

Please email us at evansadv@uw.edu if you have questions about the event.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors:

Visionary Sponsors


Leadership Sponsors

Jon & Bobbe Bridge

Daniel J. Evans & Nancy B. Evans

Lyn & Jerry Grinstein

Nancy & Ben Remak

Supporting Sponsors

Dorothy Bullitt

Cameron Catering Company

Chateau Ste. Michelle

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Paula & Ed Lazar

University of Washington Office of External Affairs

The William D. Ruckelshaus Center