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2018 Jackson Fellows' Projects

Each member of the 2018 class of Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows is committed to develop and execute a personal project during their fellowship year. The goal is to apply the learning of the year to their projects, share the experience with other Fellows, and to be of benefit to the community. All of the projects are compelling and reflect the interests of the Fellows and the Foundation.

Stephanie Celt: Stephanie will develop an area of work that is expected to deliver real job creation opportunities related to Infrastructure and Clean Jobs, which will demonstrate the value of labor-environmental partnerships and collaboration. She will reach out to a variety of stakeholders to determine one work area (for example clean energy, energy efficiency, transportation, pipeline safety, or others) that can result in job-creating projects that will help the environment in Washington state. She will analyze the results from her outreach, including technical and political input on possible projects, to develop a briefing paper summarizing the goals, expected results, relevant actions (likely BlueGreen Alliance member organizations), and time frame for completion.

Danielle Granatt: Danielle’s project explores the intersection of the environment and public health, with particular attention on the impacts of climate change on acute and chronic health conditions in communities in Washington. Danielle plans to research the public health impacts associated with increasing climate-related hazards in Washington, together with the proposed response and mitigation strategies adopted or considered by policymakers. Danielle will convene a panel to discuss these climate-related consequences on public health in Washington, with the goal of facilitating an open discussion regarding the multidisciplinary approach necessary to tackle these complex issues.

Brandon Hersey: Brandon’s project builds upon an after-school program, Culture Club, which he founded in 2016 to provide a space for students at Rainier View Elementary (Federal Way, WA) to celebrate the many cultures represented at the school. He created a seminar-based curriculum in which lessons focus around leaders of multiple ethnicities and genders. He plans on taking Culture Club to the next level by adding a community focus to the curriculum. Depending on the topic, he will invite community, government, and business leaders of color with relevant expertise to speak to the students in order to provide local context to the subject matter. In order to measure the impact of having community leaders interact with students, Brandon will measure student satisfaction similarly to a randomized control trial (RCT). Three Culture Club cohorts will receive the original curriculum and the remaining cohort will receive the updated community focused curriculum with the goal of expanding his students’ world view and help them realize their potential.

Arianna Muirow: Arianna will focus on promoting education on the importance of pollinators in our food system and the need for actions to protect them. Through personal actions (planting) and community-building (through social media), she will expand awareness of the connections between personal pollinator protection (gardens) and broader measures (climate change mitigation) in a way that is meaningful and relatable. As a result, her project will help promote involvement in a specific state-level advocacy measure that helps protect pollinators.

Joe Nguyen: Joe will develop an after school training program called Excel Club to bring together young professionals who can share their experience to help prepare high school students for their next steps. Being able to succeed in a career and at college requires more education that what is taught in classrooms. There are highly valuable skills that often aren’t available to all students especially in South Seattle. Some of the skills Excel Club will provide include: writing effective resumes, emailing in a professional setting, developing baseline Office Suites knowledge (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.), introducing project planning and note taking in a work environment, and raising awareness of available resources (Non-profits, Scholarships, Internships, etc.) to help them succeed.

Shin Yu Pai: Shin Yu’s project will be presentation at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Seattle this March. Her talk will focus on her practice as a visual and literary artist and her recent work using poetry to inspire civic engagement as Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond. She'll also discuss her curatorial approach in designing public programs for Atlas Obscura, an online magazine and digital media company, through a social justice lens that seeks to illuminate the history of the city within contemporary contexts. With assistance from a coach, she will deepen her professional storytelling approach to best articulate the portfolio of events that she's producing, in order to highlight a commitment to both critical analysis and personal activism, as they converge with the creative.

Stephen Robinson: Stephen will create a set of tools that help Philanthropic Advisors at the Seattle Foundation do its work more effectively and in a way that centers the philanthropist. With the understanding that “impact-driven philanthropists” aren’t bound only to their philanthropic capitol, Stephen will lead a team of graduate students to develop a set of facilitator guides, activities, and workshops to help philanthropists map out how and where to deploy their time, talent, treasure, voice, and influence to the benefit of the world. This will equip advisors across the field to do this work more effectively, efficiently, and in a way that is informed by social science best practices.

Christina Sciabarra: Christina’s project combines her background in political science with her interest in women’s economic empowerment. She will organize and host a “Why Not You?” event, a daylong conference to be held at Bellevue College, designed to encourage college women to consider running for public office and get them engaged in advocacy and action now. The conference is split into two parts, each with a particular focus. The first part connects participants (BC students) with women who have run for office and places them in small networking circles to learn more about the process and why the women chose to run. The second part connects students with organizations who are working on a social issue in the community. Participants will learn more about the problem and create an action plan outlining how they will get involved. This combination is likely to produce self-identified women students who are motivated, engaged, and confident – the key elements that are likely to make a woman consider running for office. A short video will be produced capturing the event and its impact on the participants.

Jeremy Wood: Jeremy will study the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), a central piece of the Senator Jackson's legacy in native affairs. Jeremy has extensive background in the law affecting Indian and Alaskan Native tribes and communities. Amongst other reasons, he was drawn to the Jackson fellowship because of Jackson's legacy as a leader in moving federal policy towards a respect for tribal self-determination. He will interview several individuals who worked with Senator Jackson in crafting this legislation, focusing on the statutory choices they made, the political challenges they faced, and the opportunities they feel might have been missed. He will discuss with them how they feel ANCSA has been implemented and where unexpected consequences might have arisen. He will also interview practitioners in Alaska Native affairs, both attorneys and administrative staff within ANCSA corporations and advocacy groups. He will study their views on the implementation of ANCSA. Lastly, he will discuss with Obama era policy leaders how they strove to remedy issues in ANCSA implementation through regulatory innovation. Based on these interviews and independent review of scholarship and case law, Jeremy will prepare a policy recommendation for congressional amendment for submission to the appropriate legislators.