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Yiming Sun, MPA '18 Candidate
“My work focuses on environmental and natural resources management. During my undergraduate studies of Energy Economics in Renmin University of China, I worked with the Chinese government to promote energy policy adjustment to achieve the goal of lowering energy consumption. However, I found many policies are price-based approaches or there are rigorous regulations in place. I want to figure out how international organizations and NGOs could leverage their power to make environmental policy outcomes more desirable. I am delighted to see that my policy area of interest is recognized by The Jackson Foundation, and I feel honored to receive support for my further research in the field."

2017-2018 Recipients

Selena Elmer, MPA '17 Candidate
"Throughout my academic and professional experiences, I have developed a keen interest in the complex challenges that surround society’s interactions with and stewardship of natural resources. Before pursuing my MPA at the Evans School, I worked at a small nonprofit organization specializing in collaborative problem solving, consensus building, and strategy development on a range of natural resource policy issues including food and agriculture, marine resources, and climate change. At the Evans School, I am focusing on nonprofit management, with a particular interest in cross-sector collaboration. Having now worked with several organizations in the philanthropic, private, and nonprofit sectors in Seattle, I hope to further explore the roles each sector can play to shape and implement policies that advance social and environmental benefits.”

Chuong Pham, MPA '17 Candidate
"Moving from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, I was inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty and its environmentally-focused culture. The result of that inspiration is my degree in Environmental Science from the University of Washington: Bothell. I learned that the first step in addressing any complex environmental issues is to facilitate opportunities for people to explore and connect with their natural environment through community or public service. Receiving the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship has enabled me to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. With an MPA, I will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to similarly inspire people and communities to connect with their natural environment."

Amy Reed, MPA '17 Candidate
“My interests converge at the intersection of natural resource management, climate change adaptation policy, and equity issues. Receiving the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship enabled me to pursue my MPA through the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.  While pursuing my degree I had the opportunity to work at American Farmland Trust studying farmland preservation and environmental conservation measures.  I followed this with an internship at Landesa, where I worked on indigenous land rights and responsible investment in developing countries.  My master's thesis project will work with the Washington Department of Ecology on the communication side of their recycling and waste management programs.  With the help of the Jackson Fellowship, these experiences have prepared me well for a career in public service and environmental policy."

Chad Ellwood, MPA '17 Candidate
"Before attending the Evans School, I worked in Washington DC as a Glenn Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of the Press Secretary in Washington DC. This experience made me passionate for today's pressing and urgent environmental issues, while also being introduced to the world of political communications. I decided to focus on Environmental Policy at the Evans School after authoring a policy analysis on hydraulic fracturing in Eastern Ohio, my hometown. I knew I wanted to pursue my MPA upon completion of my time in DC, but cost was a significant issue. The Henry M. Jackson Fellowship singlehandedly made this experience possible. I am looking forward to taking the next steps professionally and thanks to the Jackson Foundation, I have a whole new realm of  possibilities moving forward."

Zoey Burrows, MPA '18 Candidate
“I've worked in the non-profit and for-profit residential solar industry for 7 years, first as a grant writer at a green jobs non-profit that trains low-income individuals how to install solar panels. Then I worked in various capacities at several residential solar installation and financing companies, primarily in operational and customer care roles. I now seek to break into solar or renewable energy policy as a researcher or policy advocate, either within state or local government or working for a respected energy policy non-profit. The more quickly we transition to an 100% renewable world the better, and I hope to be a bigger part of this transition. At the Evans School I will focus on the Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis focuses and capstone project and hope to intern this summer at Seattle City Light, to gain experience and understanding on the utility side as well.”

Ben Hughey, MPA '18 Candidate
"With the support of the Jackson Fellowship at the Evans School, I plan to pursue a career in environmental advocacy. Since joining the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in 2012, I’ve worked on many issues related to Senator Jackson’s legacy, including re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, recreation planning in the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and a proposal to federally recognize the remarkable environmental leadership of our region through the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. I’m captivated by the enormous potential for better models of environmental stewardship.”

John Kennedy
"The Evans School is unique. As best I can judge, there is no program in the country better suited for those interested in policies that benefit the environment. Evans has a great reputation, but location sets it apart. Living in a city like Seattle confirms what we are learning. At other universities the concept of change can be abstract. We witness change each day we leave the classroom. It is inspiring to live in a farsighted community. The mountains also add inspiration, serving as a nice reminder of what we are fighting to protect. I intend to explore the surrounding ranges whenever time allows. When I leave Evans, I hope to be involved with an organization that focuses on communicating solutions to climate change, highlighting fewer scientific problems and more economic opportunities. The interdisciplinary curriculum at Evans is conducive to my interest. I am exceptionally grateful for the opportunity made possible by the Henry M. Jackson Fellowship, I would not be here otherwise."