Interim President & CEO, Chief Revenue Officer
Phone: (206) 672-0202
As the Washington Policy Center’s CRO, Steven Hatting will tell you he has the best job in Washington. Working to grow advocacy, community, and philanthropy to bring policy change and brighten our state’s future, Steven and his team engage new and loyal, long-time champions through education, events, giving campaigns, and WPC’s renowned Pillar Society.
A native Midwesterner, Steven spent 10 years leading outreach programs at Indiana University and the University of Minnesota before being recruited to the University of Washington in 2005. As associate dean of the Michael G. Foster School of Business, Steven oversaw alumni and corporate engagement, fundraising, and marketing throughout a period of unprecedented growth that helped UW Foster ascend the national rankings faster than any other business school in the nation. Steven’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest also include work as the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s chief philanthropy and experience officer, growing membership across 14 wellness centers throughout King and Snohomish Counties while increasing support for youth programs and whole person health in spirit, mind, and body.
A staff leader and donor advocate in seven capital campaigns totaling nearly $15 billion in life-changing philanthropy, Steven remains awed by the individual and collective generosity of our community. Each gift is a choice and an investment in better lives for those around us, and accountability, transparency, and active stewardship are hallmarks of the great institutions Steven serves.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Iowa State University and attended the UW Foster’s Executive MBA program. His passions away from work center on team sports (Go Sounders!), travel (Thank you, Holland America.) and getting outside with his wife, three sons, and Chocolate Labrador.
Vice President for Research
Paul Guppy is the Vice President for Research at Washington Policy Center. He is a graduate of Seattle University and holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and the London School of Economics. He worked for 12 years in the U.S. Congress as a Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. As the Vice President for Research, he writes extensively on tax policy, public finance and other issues. He is a frequent commentator on radio and TV news programs, and in newspapers across the state.
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Cole is the Chief Operating Officer at Washington Policy Center. He has worked with nonprofits across the US for 15+ years, specializing in team leadership, fundraising, communication, and creative development. Prior to joining the WPC team, Dan was the Creative Director at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, working closely with Executive Leadership on vision, strategy, and messaging for an organization with a global reach in 60 countries.
In 2020, he and his wife founded a nonprofit that serves families with children with special needs in the Greater Puget Sound Region. Dan and his wife have two kids, and they live in Seattle. He is also a musician and plays in a Seattle-based band, and is a Volkswagen enthusiast.
Eastern Washington Senior Advisor
Eleanor Baumgartner is a Senior Advisor for Washington Policy Center in Eastern Washington. She is a former strategy consultant and journalist. She worked for global consulting firm Bain & Company in London and Boston, advising clients in diverse sectors from telecoms to diamonds. Eleanor later changed careers to journalism, working as a staff reporter and science correspondent for UK national newspaper The Mail on Sunday, and as a freelance journalist in Afghanistan. From 2008 to 2009 she was an embedded counternarcotics advisor on contract to the US State Department in southern Afghanistan.
She has a degree in natural sciences from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Eleanor previously competed in ultramarathons and is now happy to get out for a more sensible run, followed by coffee.
Michael Baumgartner is a Senior Advisor for Washington Policy Center in Eastern Washington. He brings deep experience as a policy maker, public servant and former diplomat to the role. He is the current Treasurer of Spokane County overseeing a nearly $1.9 billion investment fund. He previously served eight years as a Washington State Senator and was Chair of the Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee. In the Legislature, Michael played a lead role in establishing a new WSU medical school in Spokane and in securing a historic 20% reduction in the cost of college tuition. During his time in the Senate, Michael received numerous honors, including the prestigious “Champion of Freedom Award” from the Washington Policy Center. He was previously a US State Department Officer in Iraq and a contracted counternarcotics advisor in Afghanistan.
Michael holds a BA in Economics with minors in Math and French from Washington State University, where he was a Foley Scholar, and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University, where he was also a Teaching Fellow in Economics. His favorite pastimes are his five children and wife Eleanor.
David Boze is communications director for Washington Policy Center. He has been a long-time fixture in Seattle radio, having hosted morning and afternoon drive shows during his fifteen years on the air. Mr. Boze still fills in for several Seattle radio programs. His writing has been published by The Seattle Times, The News Tribune of Tacoma, The Olympian, The Weekly Standard, American Spectator and many other publications. He is the father of four kids and lives with his wife in Tacoma.
Director, Center for Education
Liv Finne is the Director of the Center for Education at Washington Policy Center. She is the author of An Option for Learning: An Assessment of Student Achievement in Charter Public Schools, which in 2011 reignited the charter school debate in Washington state. She wrote “Why parents will love charter schools,” “Why teachers will love charter schools,” and many other publications during the 2012 public debate on Initiative 1240, the nation’s first charter school initiative. When charter schools came under attack from the state teachers union, she wrote “Analysis: Why the state supreme court ruling against charter schools is wrong.” She is also the author of Washington Policy Center's widely-read education blog, and of Washington Policy Center’s Education Reform Plan: Eight Practical Ways to Improve Public Schools. Liv holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. She retired from civil litigation practice to raise two children and work as business partner for a small business she owns with her husband. Liv is committed to improving public schools by expanding school options for all parents, regardless of their zip code, including charter schools, vouchers, online and other innovations in education.
Director, Center for the Environment
With more than two decades in environmental policy, Todd Myers’s experience includes work on a range of environmental issues, including climate policy, forest health, old-growth forests, and salmon recovery. A former member of the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, he is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council.
He is the author of “Time to Think Small: How nimble environmental technologies can solve the planet’s biggest problems,” which outlines how small technologies are empowering people to protect threatened wildlife species, reduce CO2 emissions, and reduce ocean plastic. His previous book “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming the Environment” documented how our environmental policies are driven by a desire to look good rather than to help the environment.
His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Seattle Times, and USA Today, and he has appeared on numerous news networks including CNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and CNN. He served as vice president of the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2018 for his support of bioscience. He has also served as president of the Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medicines to low-income patients.
In 2021, Myers served as president of his local beekeeping club in his quest to build an army of stinging insects at his command. He has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Whitman College and a master’s degree in Russian/International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He and his wife Maria live in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state with 200,000 honeybees, and he claims to make an amazing pasta carbonara and an incredible dirty vodka martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives.
Director, Center for Small Business
Phone: (425) 418-6134
Mark Harmsworth was elected in 2014 to the Washington State House of Representatives where he served two terms. His focus was on transportation and technology, including serving as the ranking member on the House Transportation Committee.
Prior to the legislature, Mark served two terms on the Mill Creek City Council and was elected Mayor Pro-Tem in his last year.
He recently finished serving as a Director on the Everett Community College Foundation Board and also served as a Director on the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County until 2021.
Mark works in the technology industry and is an owner of a small business after completing a long career at Microsoft and Amazon.
Mark and his family live in Mill Creek, Washington.
Director, Center for Health Care and Center for Worker Rights
Phone: (360) 241-4653
Elizabeth Hovde grew up in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from Western Washington University. That's where her newspaper career began, writing political opinion columns for The Bellingham Herald.
After graduation, Elizabeth became the communications director for the Washington Family Council, crafting legislative testimony, press releases and articles for various council publications. She was recruited away by The Columbian newspaper in Southwest Washington and spent the next decade as an editorial board member and columnist, winning several Society of Professional Journalists awards. Elizabeth enjoyed another 10 years as a political columnist for The Oregonian.
Elizabeth also has taught journalism, as an adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver.
Over the years, her volunteerism has included prison outreach, helping in public schools, writing for her neighborhood association and participating in area cleanups. She shares her Vancouver home with two teenage sons.
Director, Center for Agriculture
Phone: (509) 380-8045
Pam Lewison is the co-owner of JP Ranch, the owner of Paradigm Ag, and the Research Director for WPC's Center for Agriculture. She is a fourth-generation farmer raising hay and other row crops with her husband and her parents. Her writing has been featured in Capital Press, The Seattle Times, The LA Times, and other publications. She has been invited to testify in Olympia on numerous occasions and has had the good fortune to work with many legislators and lobbyists. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from Texas A&M University—College Station. Before working for WPC, she was the coordination clerk for the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program at the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District and the communications coordinator for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association.
Director, Coles Center for Transportation
Phone: (206) 937-9691
Charles Prestrud is director of the Coles Transportation Center. Charles brings more than thirty years of transportation experience to the position, including serving as WSDOT’s planning manager for King and Snohomish Counties, and earlier in his career, as planning manager for a transit agency. His professional work has included leading the preparation of a long-range transit plan, analysis of legislative proposals, development of State Highway HOV policy, crafting Federal and regional grant applications, and lots of inter-agency coordination (sometimes successfully). He has served on several Transportation Research Board committees as well as National Cooperative Highway Research Program study panels. Charles graduated from the U.W. where his studies focused on economics and geography. His favorite pastimes include reading economics journals, avoiding traffic jams, and boating when the weather is good.
Director, Center for Government Reform
Phone: (206) 937-9691
Chris Corry is the Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center. He has extensive experience in the insurance industry and state goverment. Chris and his family live in Yakima, Washington.
Braden Goodwin is the Operations Manager at Washington Policy Center. He oversees WPC's accounting, government compliance, human resources, and office management. In addition, Braden coordinates WPC's internship program and the Jennifer Dunn Thomson Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. When not at the office, Braden enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains. Braden and his family live in Seattle.
Communications Manager, Free Markets Destroy Lead,
Tech Exchange Editor
Phone: (206) 946-1008
Donald Kimball is the Communications Manager at Washington Policy Center. He graduated summa cum laude from Northwest University with a degree in Political Science, where he also served in various leadership roles, including as a part of the debate team and as Student Body Vice President. Other professional experience includes working as an administrator for Advent Anglican, a Culture Guide and Teacher for ESL students, an Assistant Market Research analyst, spent time working on various political campaigns within Washington State, and was on WPC's Operations team prior to this. He is happily married to his best friend Alexa.
Shelbi Hogenson is the Development Manager at Washington Policy Center. Before joining Washington Policy Center, Shelbi was a Legal Program Specialist at Han Santos, PLLC. She notably developed several comprehensive Intellectual Property Counseling programs on behalf of a Tier-1 telecommunications client. She also managed the firm's Corporate & Securities practice. Shelbi previously served as the Legislative Assistant to Representative Melanie Stambaugh in the Washington State House of Representatives. Her work in Olympia made Shelbi a resource on public policy, specifically at the state level. Her Public Policy competencies include Higher Education, Transportation, State Government, and Consumer Privacy.
Camille Kelly is a Development Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. She graduated cum laude from The King’s College in New York with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, with a minor in International Affairs. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Camille is a botanical garden enthusiast and loves paddleboarding, skiing, and enjoying a nice cup of tea. Starting her career in public policy, Camille enjoys applying her education to the practical side of non- profit growth and development.
Michelle Smith is a Development Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. She graduated magna cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology. Prior to joining WPC, Michelle was the owner/operator of a small business and homeschooled her children. Reaching further back, she worked in academia and public radio in development support roles. Michelle enjoys reading, learning about herbalism, and birdwatching whenever possible.
Development Director, Membership and Community Relations
Phone: (206) 937-9691
In addition to her work with WPC, Maia is Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Latino Leadership, a civic-engagement, education-oriented non-profit with a mission to empower, inspire and equip the Latino community of Washington to engage in state and local government.
Maia has served on the Race and Ethnicity Student Data task force at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as part of the Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, as Legislative Liaison to the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and as a communications associate for the state senate 2014 Majority Coalition Caucus.
She is a mother of four children. She and her family live in Lakewood, Washington.
Michele Fettel is the Executive Coordinator for Washington Policy Center. Michele has been in Washington since the age of 5 and is proud to call the beautiful and diverse PNW her home. Michele has a passion for customer service and serving others. When not working she pursues travel and spending quality time with her family, friends, and her rescue dog Koda.
Young Professionals & Events Director
Lia Knight is a broadcast veteran known best for her award winning, nationally syndicated radio program, “The Lia Show”. Launched in 1998 from Seattle, The Lia Show brought 24 years of broadcast success to nearly 200 markets. Lia’s experience in communications and media relations helped to inspire interests in both public service and politics. Lia is a wife, mother, grandmother, and a dog mom. Outside of work she enjoys gardening and is an avid runner. It’s highly likely you’ll catch her at a 5k or running around Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood where she currently resides
Young Professionals Coordinator
Phone: (509) 624-4811
Valerie Lucas is the Young Professionals Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in French. In her free time, she enjoys being involved in community theatre and spending time with family and friends.
Young Professionals Coordinator
Paige Thibaut is the Young Professionals Coordinator for Washington Policy Center. Paige grew up in Snohomish County, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in political science and a minor in journalism. Paige is passionate about public policy and is excited to help further the mission of Washington Policy Center. In her spare time, Paige enjoys spending time outdoors or with friends and family.
Jake Piornack is the Operations Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. He grew up outside Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Politics. Back home, he helped manage local political campaigns and worked in the Michigan Legislature. New to the state, Jake is eager to bring his Midwest perspective to the Pacific Northwest. In his free time, he enjoys reading the classics, playing the piano, cooking, and hiking.
Roger Stark, MD
Dr. Roger Stark is a Senior Fellow at Washington Policy Center and served as its Center for Health Care Policy Analyst from 2008 to 2020. A retired physician, he Dr. Stark has authored three books including the just-published Healthcare Policy Simplified: Understanding a Complex Issue, and The Patient-Centered Solution: Our Health Care Crisis, How It Happened, and How We Can Fix It. He has also authored numerous in-depth studies on health care policy for WPC, including The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State, A Review of the Medicaid Program: Its Impact in Washington State and Efforts at Reform in Other States, What Works and What Doesn’t: A Review of Health Care Reform in the States, and Health Care Reform that Works: An Update on Health Savings Accounts. Over a 12-month period in 2013 and 2014, Dr. Stark testified before three different Congressional committees in Washington DC regarding the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Stark graduated from the University of Nebraska’s College of Medicine and he completed his general surgery residency in Seattle and his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Utah. After practicing in Tacoma he moved to Bellevue and was one of the co-founders of the open-heart surgery program at Overlake Hospital. He has served on the hospital’s governing board. He retired from private practice in 2001 and became actively involved in the hospital’s Foundation, serving as Board Chair and Executive Director. He currently serves on the Board of the Washington Liability Reform Coalition. He and his wife have children and grandchildren in the area.
Susan Cero, MD
Dr. Susan Cero is a Research Fellow at Washington Policy Center. She is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who retired from private practice in 2020. She is past president and chairman of the Board of Proliance Surgeons Inc. and has served as a board member of the Washington State Medical Association. She graduated from medical school in Philadelphia and completed her residency in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Cero practiced medicine for 32 years, specializing in sports medicine surgery and joint replacement. She was affiliated with Valley/UW Medical Center and has served on the medical staff board and various committees. She and her husband have three grown children and love living in the great Northwest.