ASPA Honors Karen Fraser and Others at Governor’s Mansion

220px-Fraser_4x5_IMG_0448In an inspiring and heartfelt ceremony, the ASPA honored Karen Frasier with the award for International Affairs Advocacy on Tuesday evening in the Governor’s Mansion. Her tireless efforts through 50 years of public service include the establishment of the ASPA Evergreen Chapter exchange program with the Hyogo Administrative Policy Studies Association in Japan. It is because of her advocacy and mentorship that Evergreen has a relationship with international MPA exchange, and the opportunity to engage with Public Administration students from abroad, including our own Kiriko Takehashi. While Karen has retired from public service, we certainly hope she will continue to inspire MPA policy students as an adjunct faculty.

The ASPA Evergreen chapter also presented awards to: Dr. Craig Shin of Portland State University for his work with the Graduate Certificate Program in Collaborative Governance; Michael Kern & Bill Ruckelshaus for their work with the Ruckelshaus Center, a collaborative between UW & WSU which develops collaborative and effective solutions to complex public policy issues; Mary Van Verst, for her leadership, advocacy, and mentorship work with ASPA; Peter Bloch Garcia, honored with the first ever Billy Frank Jr. Award for Race & Social Justice, for his lifetime commitment to actionably strengthening communities; Dr. Sandra Archibald, Dean of the Evans School, for her devotion to advancing public service and her lifetime contributions to public service; Kaha Arte, from Seattle University, as an Outstanding Graduate Student in PA, for her commitment to advocating for underrepresented populations; and Trevor Robinson, from UW Evans School with the same award for his work with the Ruckelshaus Center, and his exceptional application of qualitative analysis to collaborative public policy.

The ASPA Evergreen Chapter is Washington State’s chapter of the nation’s largest organization promoting the field of public administration, providing support for practitioners, academics in the field and students seeking a career in public service.

Submitted by Faith Addicott, 2nd Year MPA Student


Water and Oil: Do They Mix? A Community Conversation of How Water and Oil Decisions Affect Economic Policy

water and oilLink for Agenda: Water and Oil (PDF)

The Evergreen State College-Masters of Public Administration (MPA) will host a public symposium on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 9am-12pm. The framework of this free event is to discuss water and oil economic policy with the community. Titled Water and Oil: Do They Mix? A Community Conversation of How Water and Oil Decisions Affect Economic Policy” a variety of speakers will discuss issues pertaining to these subjects and how it impacts the economy and other systems. The organizers have commitments from great speakers providing multiple perspectives on these issues in order to engage in a discussion how to balance these complexities within the modern political climate. The focus of this forum is to stimulate a discussion to understand multiple perspectives and to seek a better understanding of the deeper meaning of advocacy of these relevant topics.

A committee of Larry Geri, DPA, Lachezar “Lucky” Anguelov, PhD and Eric S Trevan, PhD has coordinated this event and students within the MPA program at Evergreen will also engage in this conversation. “We need to empower individuals on all sides of these issues if we are truly going to understand how to reach consensus,” stated Member of the Faculty Trevan. The City of Olympia was generous and donated use of the Olympia Center for this event downtown Olympia. There are 80 attendees committed and the venue can hold 150. There is no need to RSVP; the organizers encourage individuals to attend and engage in this community discussion.

MPA The Evergreen State College appreciates the generosity of the City of Olympia and the contribution of the Olympia Center



First Year Students Learn Bill Analysis from Leadership!

legislative students Our first year MPA students had the unique opportunity to learn about writing a bill analysis and fiscal note from the people directly involved in the process: Policy Director, Budget Analyst, Agency Director, Non-partisan Research Analyst, Lobbyist, and the Governor’s Policy Advisor. We held class at the capitol campus in the Senate hearing rooms. All of our guest speakers were fantastic and the experience was rewarding thanks to the community engagement and hands on workshops provided by MPA adjunct faculty member, Amy Leneker.

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MPA Adjunct Katherine Hines Receives 2017 Forward Under 40 Award

Meet 2017 Forward under 40 Award recipient Katherine Himes Mba’01
University of Wisconsin Major: Management and Human Resources (Entrepreneurship Concentration)
Age: 39 | Olympia, Washington
Foreign Policy Scholar and Freelance Author

From 2011 to 2015, Katherine Himes held a dual role as a “scientist-diplomat” when she was a valued adviser to government ambassadors and policymakers.

As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) science and technology policy fellow and science adviser, she served the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. She supported some of the world’s most necessary foreign policy solutions by blending the intricacies of the neuroscience she absorbed while earning her PhD at the University of Minnesota with the principles of entrepreneurship she learned at the University of Wisconsin.

Read more here about Katherine and her newest honor:







Lachezar “Lucky” Anguelov, PhD Presented Research at Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

Lachezar “Lucky” Anguelov, PhD, a Member of the Faculty for The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program, presented his research: “Contract Oversight Choices and Cost of Government: The Impact of Different Control Mechanisms Used in Outsourced Public Service Provision” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. This research  explained how  different oversight mechanisms in outsourced public service delivery affect the cost of government by drawing on transaction costs economics and inter-organizational control literatures. Additionally, he served as a panel chair of the panel of “Public Sector Job Satisfaction Under Intense Accountability.”

The Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference was held in Chicago, Illinois in 2017 and is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. MPSA conference sessions are organized by topic in more than 80 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and provide participants with a new perspective on the research. The MPSA conference was held under one roof at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, and included multiple receptions, formal networking events, organized mentoring opportunities, and access to our extensive exhibit hall. Additionally, MPSA offered a variety of conference-related scholarships for working parents and graduate students, as well as a fee waiver scholarship for those from the developing world and outside of the discipline.

Evergreen Students Participate in 2017 NASPAA- Baten Student Simulation Competition by Jamie Milletary

Students gathered across the world, to several sites for a competition challenging student in Public Policy and Management. These global sites were Maastricht, New York City, Washington D.C. area, Indianapolis, Bogotá, Tempe, Seattle, and Beijing. NASPAA is a global public service membership association network for graduate schools offering programs in Public Affairs, Administration, Policy and the like.  The annual competition offers students an opportunity to interact as global leaders, the web based module creates a ‘game-like’ experience to position students in a series of world events, participants react and strategize to steer their country through particular regional challenges. Hunger security was the theme for this year, UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end world hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030 was the basis for this competition.

We worked in teams trying to lead our region to better health, economic opportunity, developed infrastructure and crop diversification. In our roles we evaluated the information provided, which came in the form of complex categorized numerical data stats, with a lot of room for interpretation and application.

Developing strategies and filling these various roles was a unique experience that taught me some of the factors involved in establishing and working towards complex world goals, as well as the global and regional compounding threats and how they impact populations and systems. The experience was beneficial and challenged me to weigh confounding factors, compete on a variety of scales and gain new understanding for work done by organizations like the UN.

I loved meeting students from different programs and professions, the networking event hosted by UW really enhanced my understanding of the variety of programs and specializations available. I appreciated this opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse range of students from across the Pacific North West.

The MPA student participants from TESC pictured from left to right include Ulysses Martin, Ryan Keith, Jamie Milletary, and Nicole Vukonich

The MPA student participants from TESC pictured from left to right include Ulysses Martin, Ryan Keith, Jamie Milletary, and Nicole Vukonich


MPA Faculty Member Publishes Book

MPA faculty member, T. S. (Steve) Marshall, PhD, just published his second leadership book: Leadership Nonnegotiables (ISBN 978-1-5246-7545-5). This book is a companion book to Steve’s earlier work titled Competent Leadership. Leadership competence revolves around one’s personal style, one’s relationships, and how one communicates, motivates, resolves conflict, and makes decisions. What went unsaid in Competent Leadership is the foundation for this book. The focus of Leadership Nonnegotiables is what we consider the very core of leading – personal character, leadership talent, and management skill. One does not lead in isolation. Leadership occurs among and with others, and those others expect leaders to be of character and imbued with talent and skill.

MPA Alum Publishing Project in Guatemala

Alicia LeDuc, an MPA/MES grad from 2011 will be participating in an upcoming national delegation to Guatemala to interview survivors and attorneys from the precedent-setting Sepu Zarco Trial (2016). The case is historic as the first time sexual slavery was prosecuted as a war crime in a national court anywhere in the world and was the first case of gender violence from Guatemala’s conflict era (1980s).The verdict is a human rights victory world-wide.

Alicia was selected for this delegation to write a law review article which will be published in the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution to disseminate the case’s litigation strategies with attorneys in the United State. She is writing the paper as her 3rd year writing requirement for law school. This important work covers a historic case of gender justice, and she will be the first legal scholar to publish on the topic.

Here is a short video (5 min) about the project.