Expanding the voices that influence state policy
We are proud to have offered Betty Jane Narver Fellowships to several Puget Sound graduate students since 2010. Fellows work in our organization, alongside our policy team – and they are powerful future leaders. This program aims to expand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and experiences that influence state policy.
Spotlight on our Narver alums
We’re proud of the work our alumni have gone on to do in the world. Take a look:
Evan Walker, 2019-20: Evan completed his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Washington in 2020 and is now focusing on completing a Master of Jurisprudence from UW. Previously, Evan worked as an AmeriCorps member for a free tax help program in King County that served low- and middle-income families. He’s also worked as a mentor for undergraduates at the UW and as a language arts teacher in China. After his fellowship, Evan stayed on with the Budget & Policy Center as a policy analyst.
“The Narver Fellowship has given me so many opportunities to more critically understand the policy-making process and policy advocacy whether that be tracking legislation, participating in community partner advocacy, or diving into a budget analysis with the policy team.”
Margaret Babayan, 2018-19: Margaret has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington’s Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program. Previously, Margaret served as a co-chair on the Seattle Human Rights Commission and supported statewide civil engagement efforts with Win/Win Network. After her fellowship, she joined the Budget & Policy Center and is now a policy analyst.
“The Narver Fellowship was a boot camp in data, advocacy, and communications, and I learned how vital each of these components is in advancing state policy.”
Hana Jang, 2017-18: Hana received her master’s degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work, where she focused on economic prosperity and early learning. Since her fellowship, she has been a research assistant at UW and a program manager at Seattle’s Korean Community Service Center. She is now a grant strategist at Rainier Valley Corps.
“The Narver Fellowship equipped me with the tools to advocate for policies that promote equity and inclusion and work toward dismantling harmful narratives – and to do so in partnership with communities.”
Asha Bellduboset, 2016-17: Asha graduated with a Master of Public Administration from the UW. She is interested in environmental justice advocacy and research. Asha now works as a finance analyst for the Portland City Budget Office.
“I gained access and insight to areas of the policymaking and advocacy world that I would not have had without this fellowship.”
Eritrea Habtemariam, 2014-15: Eritrea is interested in issues ranging from early childhood education to economic and community development. She has a Master of Arts in Policy Studies from the UW-Bothell. After her fellowship she worked with ORS Impact, and she now works at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
“The fellowship not only helped me build critical analysis skills, but provided me with an opportunity to learn and experience a range of policy perspectives and advocacy strategies.”
Jillian Kilby (Pennyman), 2013-14: Jillian is a proponent of equal opportunity in higher education for all. She has a Master in Education Policy from UW. Since her fellowship, she has worked with Rep. Drew Hansen, the College Success Foundation, UW, and Google. She now works at Amazon.
“It was an honor to receive guidance from this dedicated and talented staff, and I still continued to receive encouragement and support after my experience ended.”
Elena Romani (Hernandez), 2012-13: Elena has a Master of Public Administration from UW. Following her fellowship, she interned with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C., then returned to the Budget & Policy Center to be on our policy team. She now works for the King County Department of Community & Human Services.
“This fellowship was life-changing for me in that it helped me find my niche. I always wanted a job that incorporated my interests in research, social justice, economic justice, and racial equity. Fiscal policy combines them all!”
Karinda Harris, 2010-11: Karinda has a passion for connecting communities of color to power and resources. She has a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. Since her fellowship, she has worked with Seattle Public Utilities, the Women’s Funding Alliance, and the Seattle Mayor’s Office. She now works with New Seasons Market.
“I credit the Budget & Policy Center with giving me a foundational understanding of policy, outreach, and coalition-building.”