Chris Cargill is the Eastern Washington Director for Washington Policy Center. A fifth-generation Eastern Washingtonian, Chris grew up in Spokane and graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication studies and political science. Before joining WPC in 2009, he worked in TV news for 10 years, during which time he discussed policy with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Chris has authored many of WPC’s studies specific to Eastern Washington, including WPC’s Analysis of Spokane’s Water Price Changes, the Citizens Guide to Spokane’s Children’s Investment Fund and how Pasco's Higher New Homeowners Fees Could Lower Home Values. He is an ex-officio for the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and formerly served on the Spokane Regional Transportation Commission Advisory Committee and Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Alternatives Analysis Sounding Board, offering ideas and suggestions on mass transit options for downtown Spokane. He was also selected to serve on the budget and finance transition team for Spokane Mayor David Condon. In 2011, Chris was named by Inland Business Catalyst magazine as one of the 20 top professional and civic leaders under the age of 40 in the Inland Northwest. Chris and his family live in Liberty Lake, near Spokane. When not working for WPC, you can often find him with family or at hockey games.