Policy Incubator Competition


In the Fall quarter, MPA students submit papers to propose innovative solutions to public policy challenges facing our local and state governments. Three to four finalists are selected to present their innovative policies to a panel of public and nonprofit sector leaders. Presenters demonstrate an understanding of key policy problems in our region, and propose new, innovative policy applications to solve them.

Congratulations to MPA student Melanie Stone, winner of the 2015 Policy Incubator Competition

Melanie presented "Saving Lives with Emergency Orders of Protection"


We also want to congratulate the 2015 Policy Incubator Finalists:

Amanda Flatley presented “Social Impact Bonds: Reducing Government Spending and Addressing Institutional Racism in our Jails and Prisons”

Jorji Knickrehm presented “Ending ‘Boarding’: Better Policy Alternatives for Mentally Ill Washingtonians”  

David Moser presented “Seattle as an Open City: Undoing Artificial Housing Scarcity” 


Policy Incubator Competition 2015 (pictured left to right): MPA Policy Incubator Winner, Melanie Stone, MPA Faculty Member, Rich Nafziger, MPA Policy Finalists, Jorji Knickrehm, Amanda Flatley and David Moser; Policy Incubator Judges, Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research at Washington Policy Center, Susan Crane, Executive Director at SkillUp Washington, and Fred Jarrett, Deputy County Executive at King County.

Watch the 2014 MPA Policy Incubator video:

Policy Incubator Competition 2014 (pictured left to right): MPA Faculty Rich Nafziger with policy judges Dr. Constance Rice, Managing Director at Casey Family Programs, Kim Justice, Policy Analyst at Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and John Collins, MPA Director. MPA alumnus and competition facilitator, Eric Sanders with MPA policy finalists Ezra Basom and Erin Povak, and MPA policy winner Kara Preas. 

Policy Incubator Competition 2013 (pictured left to right): Policy judges Fred Jarret, Deputy King County Executive and Sally Clark, Seattle City Council President. MPA policy finalist, Eric Sanders, MPA policy winner, Jessica Havens, MPA Director, John Collins, policy judge Tony Lee, Advocacy Director at Solid Ground, MPA Faculty, Rich Nafziger, and MPA policy finalist, Andrew Musson.      




2013 Policy Incubator
Winner and Finalists

Winner, Jessica Havens


Finalist, Andrew Musson


Finalist, Eric Sanders

Not pictured - Finalist, Melissa Tribelhorn