Alumni Programs

Working Through the Governmental Maze

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Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon
SEM II B-3109

 Session Description:

How do you work through the varying layers of governments and make your way through the maze? Join Senator Karen Fraser for an informative and lively discussion about how federal, state, local and tribal governments relate to one another -- including where to go (and why) for answers, decisions and change.

Facilitator Biography:

Karen Fraser

Senator Karen Fraser, Member of the Faculty: Washington State Senator Karen Fraser represents the 22nd Legislative District which includes Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and northern Thurston County, including The Evergreen State College. She has served 25 years in the Legislature----the last 20 in the Senate, where she is currently Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. She previously served in the House of Representatives, as Thurston County Commissioner, as President of the Washington State Association of Counties, and as Lacey Mayor and City Council Member.

She is currently an active member of the Council of State Governments, a Board Member of the Washington Institute for Public Policy, the founder and a member of the Washington Women’s History Consortium Advisory Committee, a member of the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee, and a member of the Legislative River Governance Council involving the four Pacific Northwest states which is sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

She is an Adjunct Faculty member at The Evergreen State College and has taught in the Master of Public Administration program since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA and a Master of Public Administration degree. She served on, and chaired, a wide variety of state, local and regional boards, committees and councils.

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