Our Staff

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Dann is the President of Washington Policy Center and has been with WPC since 1991. Since becoming President in 2001 he has testified by invitation before dozens legislative committees in Olympia and appeared on numerous radio and TV newscasts and programs around the state promoting the Center's work. He also appeared on the national PBS "Debates Debates" television program. Dann is a member of Seattle Rotary #4, a board member of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Advisory Group of the Washington State Tax Structure Study Committee and the Citizen Performance Audit Oversight Board after being appointed by Gov. Gregoire. He is a graduate of Western Washington University and lives with his wife and twin daughters in Seattle.

Vice President for Research
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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, and he is editor of the Policy Guide for Washington State.  He and his wife live in Seattle with their four children.

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Director, Center for Education
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Liv Finne is the Director of the Center for Education at Washington Policy Center. Prior to that position she served as an adjunct scholar focusing on education policy issues, authoring in-depth studies including An Overview of Public School Funding in Washington and Early Learning Proposals in Washington State. She is the author of Washington Policy Center's Education Reform Plan: Eight Practical Ways to Improve Public Schools, Learning Online: An Assessment of Online Public Education ProgramsReview of Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Programs for Child Care Services, and more. 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 passionate about improving Washington’s public education system.

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Director, Center for the Environment
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Todd Myers is the Director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center. He is one of the nation's leading experts on free-market environmental policy. Todd is the author of the landmark 2011 book Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming the Environment and is designated a Wall Street Journal Expert panelist for energy and the environment. He has authored numerous studies on environmental issues, including Five Years of Environmental Policy: Are We Making a Difference; Promoting Personal Choice, Incentives and Investment to Cut Greenhouse Gases, and more. Todd's in-depth research on the failure of the state's 2005 "green" building mandate continues to receive national attention. He formerly served on the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and was Director of Public Relations for the Seattle SuperSonics and Director of Public Affairs for the Seattle Mariners. Todd holds a Master's degree from the University of Washington.

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Director, Center for Government Reform
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Jason Mercier is the Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center and is based in the Tri-Cities. He serves on the boards of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and CandidateVerification, and was an advisor to the 2002 Washington State Tax Structure Committee. Jason is an ex-officio for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. In June 2010, former Governor Gregoire appointed Jason as WPC’s representative on her Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Panel.

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Health Care Policy Analyst
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Dr. Roger Stark is a health care policy analyst at Washington Policy Center and a retired physician. He is the author of two books including 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, 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 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. Dr. Stark has been a member of many local and national professional societies. He currently serves on the Board of the Washington Liability Reform Coalition and is an active member of the Woodinville Rotary. He and his wife live on the Eastside and have children and grandchildren in the area.

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Director, Center for Small Business
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Erin Shannon is the Director of the Center for Small Business at Washington Policy Center and manages WPC’s Olympia office. Over the last three years she has testified numerous times before legislative committees on small business issues, and has been quoted in news stories in local and national publications, including Fox News and CNN Money.  Her op-eds regularly appear in newspapers around the state, including The Seattle Times and The Puget Sound Business Journal, and she has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programs. Before joining Washington Policy Center, Erin was the Public Relations Director of Washington state's largest pro-small business trade association, and was formerly a Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Congressman Randy Tate in Washington, D.C. Over the past 15 years she has appeared regularly in print, broadcast and radio media. She was a recurring guest on ABC's Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect," until the show's cancellation in 2002, and participated in a live, on-stage version of Politically Incorrect in Seattle with Bill Maher. Erin has served as the spokesperson for several pro-small business initiative campaigns including Referendum 53, repealing increases in unemployment insurance taxes; Initiative 841, repealing the state's ergonomics rule; and Initiative 1082, to end the state's monopoly on workers' compensation. Erin holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington.

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Director, Coles Center for Transportation
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Bob Pishue is the Director of the Coles Center for Transportation at Washington Policy Center. Prior to joining Washington Policy Center in 2013, Bob interned at the Washington Research Council where he produced policy briefs on initiatives and referenda. His last role was the IT and HR Manager for a Bellevue-based retailer. A Washington resident throughout his life, Bob grew up in Everett and graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Bob serves on his church’s annual audit committee and is also an avid golfer. He lives in Kirkland.

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Communications & Marketing Director
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Lisa Shin is the Communications & Marketing Director at Washington Policy Center. She was born and raised in Washington state. She studied at Seattle University and transferred to the University of Washington, where she majored in political science and communications. During her time at Seattle University, she founded a mentorship program linking students as volunteer chaplains to youth detained in the King County Juvenile Detention Center. She has served as a relief worker both at Ground Zero following the 9-11 attacks and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Lisa spent six years in the marketing field managing multi-million dollar projects such as the launch of Microsoft’s Bing search engine and the rebranding of Expedia’s Destination Services program. Prior to joining the WPC team, Lisa worked as executive director to the King County Republican Party where she worked on grassroots efforts for local, statewide and federal level candidates, and worked to develop coalition efforts, bridging communities within King County. She devotes much of her free time to humanitarian work and community organizations. She is involved with the Korean American Coalition, King County Cares, Junior League of Seattle and Women of Washington, and serves on the board for the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute and as Board President for the Roanoke Conference. Lisa is also a member of the Bellevue Rotary Club and serves on the Environmental Services Commission for the City of Bellevue, where she resides. She also is an avid Seattle sports fan.

Development Director
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Stephanie True is the Development Director at Washington Policy Center. In this role she serves as the primary liaison between the organization and its donors and she directs the overall development and events strategy. Before joining WPC, Stephanie worked in both marketing and public relations for Nordstrom, and began her career in sales for Bank of America. Upon making the transition from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, Stephanie earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She also completed the prestigious Charles Koch Institute Liberty@Work program in Washington, D.C. Stephanie graduated from the University of Washington and loves the Huskies! She is active in the local philanthropic community. Stephanie lives in Seattle with her husband Dustin, their infant daughter Madelyn, and two dogs. 

Eastern Washington Office Director
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Chris Cargill is the Eastern Washington Director at Washington Policy Center. A sixth-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. Chris has authored many of WPC’s studies specific to Eastern Washington. 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 other mass transit sounding boards. He was also selected to serve on the budget and finance transition team for Spokane Mayor David Condon and currently serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Small Business. 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. When not working for WPC, you can often find him with family or at hockey games.

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Operations Manager
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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 outdoors usually hiking in the mountains or training for an upcoming half-marathon or triathlon. Braden and his wife live in Seattle.

Development Manager
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Sydney Jansen is the Development Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. Before joining the Development team, she started as an intern with WPC. Sydney graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and remains a devoted Husky fan. She found her passion for policy and free-market solutions during a study abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2009. WPC president Dann Mead Smith arranged a tour of Prague Castle, the official residence of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, during her time there which heightened Sydney’s interest in studying politics. Sydney grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and currently lives in Seattle.

Event Manager
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Katie is the Event Coordinator at Washington Policy Center. She graduated from Western Washington University with a political science degree in the spring of 2011. Prior to attending WWU, Katie earned her associate degree in administration of justice from Whatcom Community College, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. A 12- week seminar on American direct democracy solidified her interest in policy issues while at WWU. Upon moving to Seattle, Katie found WPC and became an intern prior to becoming event coordinator. Apart from work and academics, she enjoys everything that keeps her active in the beautiful Pacific Northwest — hiking, camping and kayaking are just a few of the activities she loves.

Communications Coordinator
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Elizabeth Toledo is the Communication Coordinator & Publications Manager at Washington Policy Center.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science in 2011. While in college, she traveled to Washington, DC several times, and she credits her passion for policy and free-market principles to her time spent in DC. Before coming to WPC, she worked for Zulily, Inc. as the Studio Coordinator for two years. During her spare time, you can find her running, hiking or cooking. She currently lives in Kirkland and enjoys all the coffee and dining the city has to offer. 

Development Assistant
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Tashina Kreilick is the Development Assistant at Washington Policy Center. She holds a degree in business from the University of Puget Sound. After graduating in 2014, Tashina was an intern at the Museum of Glass, which she credits for exposing her to the world of non-profits and inspiring her to join WPC’s Development team. Tashina grew up in Missoula, Montana and currently lives in Seattle.

Operations Assistant
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Sydney Parker is the Operations Assistant at Washington Policy Center. Sydney is currently a student at Seattle Pacific University, where she plans to major in Business and Political Science. Before joining WPC, Sydney was an intern at Seattle Community Court where she gained firsthand experience working on important issues such as chronic homelessness, substance abuse and theft. In addition, Sydney is actively involved in the local anti-human trafficking movement. Sydney grew up on the Eastside, but currently lives in Seattle while attending school.

Eastern Washington Research Assistant
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Nick Pangares is the Eastern Washington Office & Research Assistant at Washington Policy Center. He holds a degree in economics from Gonzaga University, and has lived in Spokane since graduating from Gonzaga in the spring of 2014. Nick has also conducted considerable research for the W.S.U. University Center in Spokane. Nick took advantage of many professional research opportunities while attending GU, including an independent economic research project while studying abroad in Benin in the summer of 2013. This trip fueled Nick’s interest in the interactions between public policy and economics, which led to his passion for conducting research that could help create economic development and political transparency locally in the Northwest U.S. When Nick isn’t working, he enjoys hiking and playing music with friends.