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john a. powell is the director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which brings together researchers and scholars, community partners, strategic communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. He is also a professor of law and professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and in issues including race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of people in a democratic society.

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As governor, Jay Inslee’s top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, information technology and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime, and the military. He is also working to ensure our state is welcoming to people of all faiths, nationalities, orientations, and abilities. Gov. Inslee has been the governor of the state of Washington since 2012. He previously represented the 14th legislative district in the state House of Representatives. He also served as a U.S. representative to Congress for Washington state.