Jackson Fellows Go to Olympia

For the first time in four years, the Jackson Fellows Network visited the state capitol to meet with Washington State leaders. We were thrilled that 16 Fellows could take a day from work to join.

We started our day meeting with Senator Joe Nguyen, a Jackson Fellow, with a candid conversation and a tour of the Senate.

Representative Kristine Reeves, also a Jackson Fellow, engaged our group in a robust discussion about what it takes to get work done in Olympia.

We next met with Lt. Governor Denny Heck to discuss our partnership with the Project for Civic Health and the importance of public service.

Then Secretary of State Steve Hobbs gave the Fellows an entertaining overview of the responsibilities of his office.

And finally, we ended the day meeting with Governor Jay Inslee, who talked about his priorities, including climate change. The Governor highlighted the importance of Senator Jackson’s style of leadership and the legacy of his environmental work. It was a fitting way to end the day.

“This trip was an amazing mix of high-level meetings I would never have gotten on my own, real-talk conversations with elected officials driving the conversation in Washington, and all-day opportunities to meet Jackson fellows doing exceptional work. Count me in for next year!” – Jillian Youngblood

– Carol Vipperman, Program Manager, Jackson Leadership Fellows Program