WSAS Project

WA Science Policy Fellowship Program Planning


WSAS received a $100,000 grant from the National Conference of State Legislatures State Science Policy Fellowship Planning Grant Initiative to support the planning of a science policy fellowship program in Washington state. Over the grant period, WSAS will work collaboratively with legislators and other stakeholders to design a nonpartisan fellowship program that meets the needs of legislators in Washington state. WSAS will also participate in NCSL’s peer network to learn about best practices, tools and strategies for developing and managing state fellowship programs.

Project Details


WSAS initiated


November 2023 – October 2024


National Conference of State Legislatures

Project Team


Lee Huntsman*, Chair
Emeritus, University of Washington

Betty Bekemeier*
University of Washington

Senator Matt Boehnke
WA State Senate

Sarah Brady
California Council of Science & Technology

Joel Creswell
WA Department of Ecology

Robert Duff
WA Governor’s Policy Office

Dan Jaffe*
University of Washington

Ruby Leung*
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Babak Parviz

Bish Paul
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Melanie Roberts
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Representative Vandana Slatter
WA House of Representatives

David Swanson*
UC Riverside, emeritus

Gael Tarleton
City of Seattle

Peter Ward*
University of Washington

*WSAS members


Donna Gerardi Riordan
Executive Director

Renske Dyedov
Associate Program Officer

Kaylee Galloway

Hallie Thompson

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