Generous support from The Seattle Foundation’s Strategies to
Eliminate Poverty Project and individual donors has made the inaugural
phase of our fellowship possible. But we’ll need your support to
continue the fellowship as a lasting tribute to Betty Jane Narver.
Our vision is for the fellowship to become a permanent rotating
staff position with the Budget & Policy Center, greatly enhancing
the diversity of voices in public policy.
Please consider supporting the Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship by emailing us.
Betty Jane Narver
Washington State Budget & Policy Center is proud to announce the
inaugural Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship, in honor of one of the
most admired and productive figures in recent civic life.
As Director of the University of Washington Institute for Public
Policy and Management, she led research on various education reform
programs, welfare systems, and fiscal policy. She was appointed by
three governors to serve as Chair of the Washington State Workforce
Training and Education Coordinating Board. In addition, she was a
founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Public Library
Foundation and past president of the Municipal League of King County.
Betty Jane is remembered for her unique ability to bring people
together. Her kitchen was often the scene of debates between policy
makers. Her most enduring impact, though, may have been her
mentorship of a generation of civic leaders. Above all, she was kind
and she was giving to countless individuals.
This fellowship is our way of passing on her legacy.