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Gorton Center Newsletter (July 2017)

Keeping up with Slade

At the Forum for Japan and Japanese-American Community

Ever since that day 25 years ago when Slade made a call to Nintendo that resulted in saving the Seattle Mariners—and, not incidentally, bringing Ichiro to Seattle—his appreciation for the Japanese people has only grown stronger, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Last week he was invited to speak to the local chapter of the Forum for Japan and Japanese-American Community—a civic group dedicated to exploring both cultures. Slade enjoyed the exchange and the hospitality, and the shared loved of the Seattle Mariners!

Slade and Jim before throwing out the first pitch.

Speaking of the Mariners, in case you missed it, Slade and his former Democrat colleague, Jim McDermott, showed the spirit of bipartisanship by throwing the first pitches at the Mariners game after the shooting at the Congressional Baseball Game in DC. The video can be found here: Gorton & McDermott First Pitch.

Slade continues to be sought out by media for his views on current issues facing the nation. Most recently, he was asked about gerrymandering—the practice of drawing Congressional and Legislative Districts for partisan purposes. As a member of our state's most recent redistricting commission, he believes Washington's system is the best in the nation, being comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and a non-voting fifth member. That formulation demands collaboration. Here's his take in a state paper: Gerrymandering not a problem in Washington state.

Passing the Baton to a New Generation: The Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

Application to the 5th Gorton Center's Global Leaders Program (GLP) Class has closed, and we have received a record number of applications this year. Finalists will be interviewed this summer and those selected will be announced by Labor Day.

GLP Alum ‘13/14 Sean O'Brien

Past GLP Alums continue to make their impact in the world. Sean O'Brien, the first recipient of the Sally Gorton Leadership Award for outstanding achievement in the GLP has been named Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse!

This year's Sally Gorton Leadership Award Winner, Elena Swartz (UW), is iving in Kathmandu, Nepal as a member of the Henry Luce Scholars program. Desiree Phair (UW Law), recipient of the first GLP Special Award for Outstanding Writing, is studying for the Bar Exam next week—wish her luck!

Other graduates of our most recent GLP class (2016/17) are busy as well. Here are some we've heard from: Grant Beckett (UW) has accepted a position as technical recruiting coordinator with VitalSource IT in Bellevue; Lane Covington (UW) is Public Relations and Communication Director for the King County Republican Party; Bruno Fiorentini (UW) is our Gorton Center Assistant as he enters his senior year at the Jackson School; Cesar Garcia (UW) is an Administrative Specialist at King County Department of Public Defense; Anne-Celine Jeffroy-Maynard (SU) is leading an immersion trip to France with students from Seattle Prep; Sara Kang (SPU) is working on the national "Housing not Handcuffs" campaign for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington D.C.; Helena Kerr (SPU) is at Princeton for the 2017 Junior Summer Institute hosted by The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Leah Li (UW) is interning at VMware in Washington DC; Johnny Merolla (Northeastern) will be a communications associate with Minerva Strategies in Seattle; Julie Michlal (UW) is traveling abroad for the next several months; Alissa Neumana (SU) will work at an environmental law firm in downtown Seattle for the next year; Tyler Pichette (UW) is Legislative Aide for King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer; Marciano Quinonez (UW) is a legal assistant in the US Attorney's Office. Ben Robbins (UW Law) will serve as a judicial clerk for Judge Edward F. Shea in the District Court of the Eastern District of Washington.

Global Leaders 2016-2017

We look forward to seeing many of these outstanding young people from all four GLP classes at a get-together with Slade later this summer. For details, contact us at

Stay in touch with Slade, and please consider supporting his ongoing legacy through the Gorton Center and the Global Leaders Program!

Mariana Parks

President, Gorton Center at NBR

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Mariana Parks
Slade Gorton International Policy Center

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