June 2, 2022

Event Recap | NextGen Civic Leaders Corps Launch

On Friday, May 6, 2022, a formal launch and celebration of NextGen Civic Leader Corps program was held at the Othello-UW Commons. The new program, a collaborative effort between the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and the Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center is designed to allow undergraduate students to recognize and deepen their commitment to community engagement and public service.

Joining the celebration were university and community leaders who came together to honor and recognize students in the pilot program who completed program requirements. Featured speakers included UW President Ana Mari Cauce; Brian Surratt, president and CEO of Greater Seattle Partners; Alex Ybarra, Washington State representative for the 13th district; and Brett Hunt, director of Next Generation Service Initiatives at the Volcker Alliance.

Speakers reflected on the value of and commitment to public service and the importance of cross-sector collaborative approach to solving complex, societal challenges.

Sari Feinberg ’22, one of the students in the first UW cohort, shared:
“Through the NextGen required coursework my fellow colleagues and I have much better understanding of just how complex and interconnected our world is and how society’s wicked problems such as homelessness, global warming, and racism will in fact not be solved by a single non-profit, government, or corporation. These problems and many others require character-driven leaders with a social mission who collaborate and co-create solutions.”
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Dean Jodi Sandfort

Jodi Sandfort
University of Washington
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Brett Hunt, a white man with brown hair in a suit with blue shirt and yellow tie

Brett Hunt
Next Generation Service Initiatives
The Volcker Alliance

Ani Mari Cauce
University of Washington

Brian Surratt, a man with dark curly hair with a white streak, wearing a brown corduroy coat and a large green scarf

Brian Surratt
President & CEO
Greater Seattle Partners

Alex Ybarra, a Latino man with short dark hair, wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and light blue tie

Alex Ybarra
13th Legislative District
State of Washington

Sari Feinberg, White woman with shoulder length greying hair wearing a purple blouse

Sari Feinberg
Class of 2022
UW NextGen Civic Leaders Corps