2022 Young Professionals Advisory Board
Melanie Stambaugh | Chair
Melanie is a communications professional and strategist. As co-founder of You Impression LLC, Melanie works with businesses and professionals to improve leadership, professional connection, and productivity. Melanie recently joined the Northwest Seaport Alliance team as their Sr. Communications Manager, helping increase the awareness and impact of marine cargo operations in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2014, Melanie was elected to the Washington State Legislature and served as the youngest legislator in the State House of Representatives for two terms. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School and is passionate about giving back to her community. In addition to WPC's Young Professionals Advisory Board, Melanie serves on the Board of Directors for both the Communities In Schools of Puyallup and the Daffodil Scholarship Foundation.
Noelle Wiggins | Vice Chair & Marketing Committee Chair Noelle Wiggins is the Senior Manager of Global Data Strategy at Ekata, specializing in global implementation of phone and address data for fraud detection. Her industry experience spans nuclear and utilities to healthcare and wearables; this gives her a unique perspective on the fraud and compliance challenges facing heavily regulated industries. She is passionate about using identity data and machine learning algorithms in fresh ways to protect consumers and businesses from bad actors. In 2020, her research on COVID-19 fraud patterns was widely published and influenced global fraud risk modeling.
Emily Wahl | Events Committee Chair
Emily Wahl has spent her career in the financial industry working in a variety of roles including Retail Banking sales, business development, and marketing. She currently works as a Loan Coordinator with Liberty Bank, a small Bellevue-based Commercial Bank.
Growing up in rural Washington, she has always been a passionate free-market supporter. Free markets and a limited government provide the best environment for individuals to thrive.
Emily has been a member of the Washington Policy Center Young Professionals since 2018 and served on the events committee in 2021. She’s excited to support the Washington Policy Center mission as a Young Professionals Board member.
Outside of Washington Policy Center, she also serves on the Seattle board of Hope International, a non-profit focused on bring financial services to developing countries in the form of microfinance and savings groups.
Carson Bowlin is the owner of TimberRise, a real estate development company based in the Puget Sound area. His development focus includes a wide array of projects with a consistent theme of "narrowing the gap between the built environment and the natural world." This is achieved in many ways, including the use of sustainably harvested mass timber as a building material and thoughtfully designed communities with access to natural open space and trails. Before TimberRise, Carson worked at Heartland, a Seattle-based real estate firm and prior to that in New York on the bond trading desk at Morgan Stanley. Carson has been a staff member on both statewide and local political campaigns in Washington State and served as an intern in the White House. He is an ardent supporter of male development having served for over eight years as an Assistant Scoutmaster with local Boy Scout Troops and currently as a Board Member of the Chief Seattle Council.
Carson's commitment to the WPC Young Professionals centers on the group's ability to foster much needed free-market based discussions, ideas and policy solutions by engaging individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds throughout Washington State. He is inspired by the YP's focus on "Policy + Action" and the core guiding tenet of honoring the dignity of the individual by advocating for fiscally minded and responsible government policy.
Ashley is a wealth manager at Garde Capital, Inc. She focuses on providing wealth management solutions to individuals and families in the Seattle Area. Together with her partners, she helps affluent clients address their five biggest concerns: preserving their wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of their heirs, ensuring their assets are not unjustly taken and charitable giving.
Ashley uses a consultative process to gain a detailed understanding of her clients’ deepest values and goals. She then employs customized recommendations designed to address each client’s unique needs and goals beyond simply investments. Ashley's experience also translates into divorce. She holds the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) designation and works with clients to help them understand how financial decisions today will impact their financial future. Ashley also has over 10 years of direct experience in commercial real estate development in the greater Seattle area.
Aymeric is a Pricing Strategy Manager at Starbucks Corporation where he develops holistic pricing srategies for the company's food and beverage products. In his current role, he leverages his interest in behavioral economics and consumer psychology to test and design innovative solutions for the enterprise while maintaining customer value. He is a CPA by trade and previously specialized in corportate taxation. He started his career as a tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining the global tax planning and transfer pricing department of Starbucks, where he worked for four years. Aymeric was born in France and grew up in Paris before moving to Seattle in 2007. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in taxation. He has served on the YP Advisory Board since 2014 and held the role of chairman in 2018. He also currently serves as the Treasurer of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest and volunteers for a local non-proft organization serving the foster care youth in Seattle.
Shelby Robbins Esau
Shelby is a Business Performance Advisor in the greater Seattle community. She partners with business owners to help them maximize revenue, improve profitability, and minimize the risks associated with being an employer. She works across industries and is well-networked, from successful companies to startups and political organizations to non-profits. Her goal is to provide value as she is passionate about connecting people and resources. In addition to her service on the YP Advisory Board, Shelby volunteers in her local community and church, mentors young women, and sits on the Ambassador board of Friends of the Children in Seattle.
Austin Bowlin is a CPA and Partner at Real Estate Transition Solutions. His work focuses on developing tax-efficient strategies to allow investment property owners to transition from owning actively managed properties to an environment in line with their current and future financial and lifestyle objectives. Before joining RETS, Austin worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in both their audit and mergers and acquisitions advisory groups. He is actively involved in the community through advisory positions with the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Washington Policy Center (WPC).
Austin’s passion for free-market advocacy stems from regular interaction with laws and legislation that fail to address the social and economic issues they claim to alleviate. Seeking a better way forward, it became clear to him that the free-market, combined with an informed citizenry, is the best environment to foster lasting change. Austin’s involvement with WPC Young Professionals began while attending Gonzaga University, during which he organized a team of students to research the economic impact on the manufacturing industry of a proposed increase in Spokane County’s sales tax.
Ben has served on the YP Board since 2011. He also serves on the WPC Board of Directors and works as the President of Avara Construction. Ben has a background in real estate investment, asset feasibility, construction management, project management, and financial analysis. Ben is a graduate of the University of Washington, with education in Finance, Commercial Real Estate, and Construction Management.
Nathan is the Vice President of Real Estate Investments for Pistol Creek Company, a privately held investment firm in Bellevue. During college, he realized that top-down centralized planning theories (which are often promoted on college campuses) have always failed in practice and that liberty and free-markets are the only path to improving the human condition. Through his professional work, Nathan discovered Washington Policy Center and became a founding member of the YP Advisory Board. He now sits on both the Young Professionals and main WPC boards. In addition to WPC, his passions include volunteering for the women’s shelter at Bethany Community Church in Green Lake and flying medical patients in need through Angel Flight West. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two rescue Chihuahua mixes.
Scott recently started his own investment firm, Aletheian Wealth Advisors. He was formerly the Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager for Washington Trust Bank’s Wealth Management & Advisory Services, serving clients in Western Washington. With broad investment advisory and financial planning experience, he partners closely with clients to coordinate and implement financial planning services with the management of their assets, adding his expertise to investment and risk strategies.
Scott is a firm believer in the power of the free market. He writes, "No other economic system in the history of the world has done as much good or lifted as many out of crushing poverty as a system of free exchange has." He is passionate about the work WPC does in advocating for and educating people about the continued progress that free markets make possible. He has been a supporter of the WPC and a member of the Young Professionals since 2016.
Nate Higgins Nathan (Nate) Higgins grew up in Tri-Cities and attended Richland High School and Columbia Basin College. Shortly after high school, a workplace accident resulted in paralysis from the chest down along with a traumatic brain injury. Doctors told him that he would never swim again without water wings and that he might never be able to attend college. Ultimately, Nate went on to swim both Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge without a wetsuit, set three American Paralympic swim records, and represent the United States at the Para Pan American Games. In 2009, Nate graduated from Gonzaga University and later completed his MBA at the University of Southern California. He also holds an MSc and is currently training for the Paralympic Games. Today Nate lives in Tri-Cities, WA, invests in real estate, and works for the Small Business Administration. He joined the YP Board in 2020.
Michael Eisenberg grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for his bachelors and masters in aerospace engineering. He moved to Washington State in 2008 for an engineering job with the Boeing Company, where he still works today. His favorite activities include biking, hiking, reading, and playing board games.
Michael has been a member of the Washington Policy Center Young Professionals since 2019. He served on the marketing committee in 2020 and 2021 and has been a regular participant in the book club.
His support for free-markets stems from understanding that the best results in most aspects of life come about when individuals have the greatest amount of control and responsibility over their own choices as is possible.
Amy Read is a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC's) Seattle cybersecurity practice. In her free time, she enjoys sailing Kittyhawk