December 2020
For those who haven’t yet had a chance to meet her, we’re pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Mrs. Danielle Trujillo. Danielle joined us last March after Katie Roberts returned to her beloved Alaska.   

Danielle served as Club Manager for over 3 years at City Club of Boise prior to joining the Andrus Center. She's lived in the Boise area for over 19 years and earned her Bachelors in Administration from Boise State University.

Along with being a BSU alumnus, Danielle worked at Boise State for over 6 years within the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs (the predecessor to the School of Public Service) and Idaho Leads Project. Her knowledge of Boise State, extensive event coordination experience, and non-profit sector expertise have been invaluable to a seamless transition and continued advancement of the Center's programs.
When asked why she was interested in joining the Andrus Center, Danielle said, "The Center's vision speaks to the needs of our time in sectors that are meaningful to me; environment and public lands, education, and leadership. I look forward to continuing the outstanding work done towards furthering these relevant legacy issues for the Andrus Center."
Danielle lives in Meridian with her husband Marcus. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hiking, and volunteering.
Rocky Barker -BOD mbr
We welcomed Rocky Barker to our Andrus Center Board of Governors this month! 

Rocky has spent the past 45 years as a highly respected environmental reporter. A number of those years were at the Idaho Statesman where, among other things, he wrote a series of articles focused on the Columbia River, salmon and energy. Rocky was also the primary researcher for a series of editorials calling for the breaching of four Snake River dams to save Idaho's native salmon. Rocky is a well known author of numerous books on environmental issues, including "Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America" and "Saving All the Parts, Reconciling Economics and the Endangered Species Act." The National Wildlife Federation awarded Rocky its National Conservation Achievement Award in 1999. 

Rocky has been a valued member of our Environment and Public Lands Committee for the past couple of years. Working with our beloved John Freemuth, Rick Johnson, Andy Brunelle, and the rest of the committee, Rocky played an instrumental role in staging our 2019 Salmon Conference, and is currently serving as co-chairman of the upcoming Society of Environmental Journalists conference scheduled for Boise next June. 

He lives in Boise with his wife Tina, retired Chief Operating Officer for Community Partnership, which provides services for people with disabilities. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
The Andrus Scholars program was launched in 2019 to support our future environment and public lands leaders through meaningful work experience and skill development.

Scholars are selected via a competitive application process and placed in sponsored internships with federal, state, nonprofit, or other mission-centered business enterprises that provide students with meaningful work experience. Their experience enhances learning and skill development, assists in post-graduation job placement, and ultimately supports the development of the environmental and public lands stewards of tomorrow.

Andrus Scholars receive $6,000 in scholar funds to help pay for internship credit hours, provide the equivalent to a living wage for hours worked, and cover any internship-related travel and expenses.

Our 2020 Andrus Scholars are Claire Vaage, an environmental studies major in her junior year from Boise; Zoe McCarty, an environmental studies junior from Kuna; and Josh Schreiter, a geosciences junior from Meridian. Their internships were completed over the summer and fall with the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Fish and Game, and Idaho Conservation League, respectively.

“These exceptional students each hold a deep commitment to environmental stewardship and capably represent the environment and public lands leaders of tomorrow,” said Danielle Trujillo, executive director for the Andrus Center for Public Policy.

Find interviews with our 2020 Andrus Scholars HERE.
Josh Schreiter
Zoe McCarty
Claire Vaage
The Andrus Center hosted our its 8th annual Women and Leadership conference on a fully virtual platform in September. Previous in-person conferences were limited to 800 participants in Boise State's Student Union Building. With our move to a virtual platform, we were able to keep us all COVID safe and we dramatically expanded our reach!
Nearly 1,200 attendees participated online from 37 States, the District of Columbia, and 4 Countries! The response to our virtual pivot was so positive, we are committed to maintaining an online component to our conference even after gathering in person is once again safe.

Plans for next year will explore a hybrid approach that offers the best of both in-person and online gatherings.

The 9th Annual Women and Leadership Conference will once again be hosted at Boise State University's Student Union Building (crossing fingers) on Wednesday & Thursday, September 29-30, 2021. Save the Date!

The 3rd annual Young Women and Leadership conference will be hosted virtually on February 23rd, 2021. Students from 9th-12th grades will hear from area role models and participate in skill-building workshops designed to help instill the characteristics of leadership in the youth of today – our leaders of tomorrow.

If you know of any high schoolers interested in attending, please direct them to our website.
Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and was designated a wilderness area in 2015.

The new name of the wilderness area to The Cecil D. Andrus — White Clouds Wilderness, was championed by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and officially changed by Congress in 2018.

Although the name change was approved in 2018, the National Forest Service lacked the funds and manpower to make and install the new signs. Last year, Craig Gehrke of the Wilderness Society and Andy Brunelle, a Governor Andrus staffer from 1988 to 1995 and Andrus Center Board member, collected $8,000 in donations for the signs with the help of the Idaho Conservation League.

Volunteers, including staff from the Idaho Conservation League, installed signs in six different locations in 2019 and continued instillation of five more signs this summer along the wilderness boundary. The remaining signs should be installed by next year.
The Andrus Center for Public Policy is dedicated to independent, non-partisan policy formulation on critical issues and challenges confronting Idaho, the American West and the United States.

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Andrus Center for Public Policy
1173 University Drive
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The Andrus Center for Public Policy is an independent nonprofit entity within Boise State University’s School of Public Service. All gifts to the Center are managed by Boise State University Foundation, a tax-exempt Idaho organization under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (#82-6010706), and are eligible for federal and state charitable income tax deductions. The Andrus Center is overseen by its Board of Governors. Tracy Andrus serves as President and Chairman.

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