The Center for a New Washington

The Center for a New Washington extends the academic resources of Heritage University out into the larger community in order to improve quality of life.

Through research projects, visiting speakers, forums and seminars, the Center focuses on challenges related to:

  • Economic Development
  • Pre-K Through 12 Education
  • Health Care
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Effective Government
  • Families

As the name indicates, while valuing the heritage of the region’s diverse populations, the Center emphasizes the future. It is a place where creative practitioners and researchers meet to explore innovative and practical solutions to challenges faced by our state and region. As Heritage helps build brighter futures for its students, the Center helps build the brightest possible future for residents of the region.

The premise of the Center is that Washington can develop an economic and social vision and strategy that builds on all of its human and natural resources. In order to develop its programs, the Center draws on partnerships with other colleges and universities, with business, and with civic organizations. Work of the Center is also directly tied to the academic programs of Heritage University and to the education of its students.

The Center partners with the Women2Women initiative to engage women in the community in the success of our women students by removing barriers to a fulfilling Heritage experience.

Message From The Director


Since its founding, Heritage University has been committed to improving the lives and welfare of the people in the surrounding area, primarily by educating future leaders in education, social work, healthcare, the environment, and other disciplines. Our commitment extends beyond the classroom with active community-based research conducted by our faculty, often working with students. With an eye toward bringing together the amazing diversity of our region and state, we are dedicated to creating a brighter future for everyone.

The CNW was established in 2012 to provide a focal point for these outreach activities. By encouraging faculty research, the Center provides a platform for extending their work to audiences outside our campus. We welcome you to our web portal. It provides a showcase for the variety of programs, research and projects we have already undertaken as well as our plans for the future. We invite you to explore, to learn about the work of the Center, and to be inspired to participate in creating a better quality of life for all our citizens.


Natalie Martinkus, PE, PhD
Director, The Center for a New Washington 

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Natalie Martinkus

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(509) 865-0413

Melissa McCoy

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Eliseo Serjio Alcala

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