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Past Fellows Projects

2016 Fellows Projects

Each Fellow commits to develop and execute a personal project during their fellowship year. The goal is to apply the learning of the year to their projects, to 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.

Tom Bugert: Based on interviews with conservation organizations, the timber industry, fire chiefs, governments and community leaders, Tom built a coalition of supporters seeking policy and funding solutions to address wildfire, insect, and disease risks in Washington State forests. Tom also hosted a high-profile roundtable to start developing a common vision to create healthy forests and safer communities that can be implemented at the local, state and federal levels.

Matthew Combe: By synthesizing the latest findings of national laboratories and academic researchers and identifying the newest technology in the field, Matt determined state-of-the-art, best practices for greener buildings. He then pinpointed policies and incentives that would encourage widespread adoption of these technologies. Matt presented his findings at a Seattle 2030 Districts workshop.

Michele Frix:  Michele mapped the unique needs of the Washington State women veterans community. She then created a policy briefing that provides actionable policy recommendations for local and state decisionmakers and built partnerships with key stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors serving women veterans.

Jaime Hawk: Using the Jackson Foundation’s book on Senator Jackson, “The Nature of Leadership: Lessons from an Exemplary Statesman, Jaime developed an interactive workshop for undergraduate women attending the Center for Women and Democracy’s Leadership Institute. The female Jackson Leadership Fellows addressed the female college students during a panel discussion.

Ilana Cone Kennedy: Ilana created a student leadership board to enrich and broaden the scope of student engagement at the Holocaust Center for Humanity and inform the Center’s programs and resources. The middle and high school students meet monthly to learn more about the Holocaust and human rights, engage with local community leaders, speak with Holocaust survivors, and develop their own social action service projects.

Andrew Lewis: Andrew’s project culminated in a law and policy paper published in spring 2016 in the Ecology Law Quarterly’s publication Currents, a syndicated online environmental law journal.  His paper outlines recommendations to provide stable sources of future funding for the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Senator Jackson introduced the original Land and Water Conservation Fund Act at President Kennedy’s request.

Tamara Power-Drutis: For her project, Tamara hosted a workshop entitled “Press for the People:  A Grassroots Media Workshop.” This workshop provided a one-day training for refugees, immigrants, and ethnic community leaders to infuse their stories and perspectives into traditional and non-profit media. Participants gained an understanding of journalistic standards and ethics, best practices, multi-media tools, and techniques needed to participate in and shape the Northwest’s rich civic life.

Simphiwe Laura Stewart: Laura’s project resulted in a dynamic video, Our Story, which reflected extensive community interviews with leaders and under-represented voices in Seattle to develop a narrative on local environmental and climate justice issues. The series culminated in a breakfast where interviewees and members of the public watched her video and engaged in a facilitated discussion to tackle climate justice and environmental justice in a comprehensive manner.

2017 Fellows Projects

Alex Adams: Alex utilized the King County Water Taxi as an educational platform for students of all ages and backgrounds to learn about careers in government, the maritime industry, and environmental stewardship in order to inspire students of all backgrounds to engage in the outdoors.

Connor Birkeland: Connor researched the feasibility of enacting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) in Washington State, a financial mechanism to remove barriers to deploying local renewable energy that is in use in 30 states. Connor prepared a white paper examining the impact of PACE on a variety of stakeholders in Washington State.

Radha Friedman: Radha mapped the current landscape of Seattle-based global philanthropy addressing the rights and needs of women and girls. Radha then organized an event in partnership with others in philanthropy to share her findings as well as profile opportunities for support.

Nora Ferm Nickum: Nora interviewed Seattle-area businesses to identify and document creative and meaningful actions that they are taking to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or building resilience to local impacts. This work builds on a report that Nora supported in 2016, which covered businesses like Alaska Airlines, Virginia Mason, and Microsoft. Her project resulted in an event with some of the businesses she interviewed.

Alyssa Patrick: Alyssa worked with the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) on an industry workshop that gave local companies the tools they need to develop a high school internship program with TAF Academy students. The TAF Academy aims to equip students of color for success in college and life through interdisciplinary STEM education.

Kiana Scott: Kiana’s project, titled “Resilient Leadership for the Changing World,” convened a panel of local and regional leaders for a conversation about knowing when to take risks, recovering from failure, and joyful public service. This project built upon the strong relationship between the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Evans School, and leveraged Kiana’s professional role as an Evans School staff member.

Amarpreet Sethi: In order to inspire developers to think differently and begin to set higher goals and values for energy performance and the impact the building has on the user’s health, Amarpreet highlighted relevant examples in Germany and Scandinavia to illuminate the practical ways in which building owners can begin to develop buildings that are high performing and meet a higher standard of health and well-being of its users. She then prepared an article that will suggest the steps and ways of meeting this goal.

Maggie Wykowski: Maggie developed a landscape analysis of the current data assets and needs of the LGBTQ community in King County in order to to expose where the current strengths and weaknesses are in the local data infrastructure in regards to LGBTQ communities. She produced a short report on her findings written for a general public audience.

Hans Zeiger: Hans focused on how Senator Henry M. Jackson built effective relationships during his long career in public service by focusing on his personal and professional relationships. Drawing from writings and speeches about Jackson as well interviews with former Jackson staff members, Hans wrote an article on Jackson’s distinctive way of connecting with people, intended for publication in a journal of history or politics.

2018 Fellows Projects

Stephanie Celt: Stephanie developed 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 conducted outreach to a variety of stakeholders and  analyzed the results, including technical and political input on possible projects, to develop a briefing paper summarizing the goals, expected results, relevant actions and time frame for completion.

Danielle Granatt: Danielle’s project explored 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.  She convened 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 created a seminar-based curriculum in which lessons focus around leaders of multiple ethnicities and genders for Culture Club, which he founded in 2016 to celebrate the many cultures represented at Rainier View Elementary in Federal Way. Brandon invited community leaders to interact with students with both the new and old curricula and will analyze students’ responses

Arianna Muirow: Arianna will focused on promoting education on the importance of pollinators in our food system and the need for actions to protect them. She developed a multi-faceted plan to expand awareness of the connections between personal pollinator protection (gardens) and broader measures (climate change mitigation) in a way that is meaningful and relatable. Her work is helping to promote involvement in a specific state-level advocacy measure that helps protect pollinators.

Joe Nguyen: Joe will developed 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. 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 was a presentation at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Seattle this March. Her talk will focused 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. With assistance from a coach, Shin Yu deepened 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 created created a set of tools (facilitator guides, activities, and workshops) that help Philanthropic Advisors at the Seattle Foundation 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 organized a daylong conference Bellevue College designed to encourage college women to consider running for public office and get them engaged in advocacy and action now.  Participants created an action plan outlining how they will get involved. Christina produced a short video capturing the event and its impact on the participants.

Jeremy Wood: Jeremy developed and deliver an hour long presentation on issues of equity affecting Seattle City parks. He then gave a presentation to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s Olmstead Legacy Taskforce highlighting issues of equitable green space distribution, neighborhood-government consultation, and ensuring park access for the diversity of Seattle’s communities.