Make a Difference Through Local Government!

Have you ever aspired to run for elected office or to take part in an initiative campaign that is important to you? A Saturday session at Return to Evergreen from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm will give you the knowledge, inspiration and confidence you need to get involved.

Engaging in Local Politics: An Interactive Community Conversation

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm / Purce Hall 7

Discover the ins and outs of campaigns and elections from experienced politicians and campaign managers. Today, more than ever, people want to learn how to influence national policy through engaging in local politics. Join in a participatory discussion where you will hear from Evergreen alumni that have run for local office, enjoyed successful political careers, and managed political campaigns. Bring your questions and ideas for a lively session.

This session is facilitated by three alumni:

Jessica Bateman ’09, MPA ’12

Jessica is currently serving her second year on the Olympia City Council, where she belongs to the general government and finance committees. She is co-chair of The Home Fund, a coalition focused on passing a permanent supportive housing levy in Olympia, and was a proponent of Olympia becoming a sanctuary city. Before her election to the City Council, she served on the Olympia Planning Commission and the board of GRuB, a local nonprofit committed to empowering at-risk youth and low-income families. Jessica has over eight years of experience in the public and non-profit sector working in public policy, planning, and legislative affairs. She currently works as a health policy associate for the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers and has served as community impact director for The United Way of Thurston County, as a legislative aide, and community organizer. Jessica is a first-generation college student who began her post high school education at Green River Community College. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.



Corey Mosesly ’11
Manager, Family Stability Initiatives, United Way of Pierce County

Corey has over 10 years of experience working in both the non-profit and government sectors. He has worked with organizations on a broad range of issues including education, housing, and workforce development. He currently serves on the City of Tacoma’s Human Service Commission and Vision 2025 Advisory Committee, the American Leadership Forum Program Committee, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. Over the last few years, Corey has provided consulting services for the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Council Program, Neighborhood Business District Program, and more recently to several of the independently run Neighborhood Councils. Corey was one of the Business Examiner’s 2014 annual “40 Under Forty” community and business leaders. He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective, a Palmer Scholar, and a Senior Fellow (class 18) of the American Leadership Forum. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Evergreen State College with a concentration in non-profit management. Corey currently works as the Manager of Family Stability Initiatives for United Way of Pierce County and lives with his wife and three boys in Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood.

Dorian Waller has over 13 years of experience working in the government, non-profit, and private sectors where he has focused on public policy, community outreach, and economic development. He currently serves on the State of Washington’s African American Affairs Commission, the City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission, and Forterra’s Regional Leaders Council. Dorian was honored as an emerging leader by City Club of Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s City of Destiny awards. He is a long-time member of the Pierce County Black Collective, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, as well as serving as the former Chair of The Evergreen State College’s Alumni Association. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College with a concentration in Public Management. Dorian currently works as the Managing Consultant for Archway Consulting, where he consults for numerous political campaigns and advises municipalities on a wide range of issues. He lives in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

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