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Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows

The Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program is a major initiative to invest in the leadership development of highly-qualified young professionals. This program is one way that the Jackson Foundation is realizing its commitment to developing thoughtful next generation leaders to foster a bipartisan approach to challenges in the fields of international affairs, human rights, environment and natural resources management, energy, and public service.

Annually the Foundation selects nine young, civic-minded leaders 40 years old and under in the Greater Seattle area to participate starting in October. The Foundation focuses on finding the stars of today and tomorrow in the Puget Sound region, people of exemplary character and commitment. The nine-month program builds on the Fellows’ ambitions by offering a proven, values-based leadership framework.  They learn about the key leadership qualities and principles that were embodied by Senator Henry M. Jackson, namely a focus on informed and careful analysis, deliberate and principled decision making, bipartisanship, and public service.

Through their participation in the program, the Fellows build a deeper understanding of the Jackson legacy, advance their own leadership skills, and develop beneficial personal and professional connections. The Jackson Foundation selects candidates based on their level of civic and professional engagement, their areas of interest, and their values, such as a commitment to finding common ground, and a thirst for learning.

The Foundation would like to thank the many individual donors who provide their support to the Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program.

For questions about the program, please contact Carol Vipperman, Program Manager, at 206-682-8565 or at via email.

About Senator Jackson

Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson was one of the most successful leaders in American public service. The Senator was well known and respected for mentoring generations of young men and women into political and civic leadership. He was widely regarded as a master statesman and legislator throughout his 43-year tenure in the U.S. Congress. George Will, author and political commentator, characterized Henry Jackson as “the finest public servant I have known.” Part prosecutor and part professor, Senator Jackson was a courageous leader and respected national figure who relied on the lessons of history to understand and shape public policy.

Jackson was one of the first American politicians to emphasize the significance of human rights in international relations. He helped unify American foreign policy by identifying international communism as a political and ethical threat in the modern world. Jackson is also a founding father of the environmental movement, and he helped design and secure the passage of the nation’s first National Energy Act. He played a major role in establishing statehood for Hawaii and Alaska by guiding the required legislation through an often hostile Congress.

Beyond the substantive impact of his tenure, Senator Jackson’s legacy also offers a model of effective leadership in public service. Those who served with the Senator or studied his career continue to view him as a man of great character, dedication, and accomplishment, a person to be emulated.

The Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellows Program honors the Senator’s legacy by developing our nation’s next generation leaders.