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Betty Jane Narver

Betty Jane Right Column

Generous support from The Seattle Foundation’s Strategies to Eliminate Poverty Project and individual donors made the inaugural phase of our fellowship possible. We need your support to continue the fellowship as a lasting tribute to Betty Jane Narver.

We seek for the fellowship to be 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


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.