Community Advisory Board

 The Community Advisory Board (CAB) consists of a diverse range of community leaders whose input and involvement is critical to fulfill our mission. The CAB contributes to organizational diversity by having numerous communities and a range of expertise inform the work of our organization.

John Boonstra

Pastor, Bethel Congregational Church, White Salmon, WA 

Anna Fahey

Senior Communications Strategist, Sightline

Dorry Elias-Garcia

Executive Director, Minority Executive Director's Coalition

Karan Gill

Senior Policy Analyst & Community Liaison, King County Council (5th District) 

Kevin Glackin-Coley

Director, St. Leo's Food Connection

Megan Grover Howell

Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Group Health Cooperative

Alexes Harris

Assistant Professor, University of Washington's Department of Sociology

Karinda Harris, Betty Jane Narver Fellow 2010-2011

Jeff Johnson

President, Washington State Labor Council

Hubert Locke

Professor of Public Affairs and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

Len McComb

Public Policy Consultant, Two Medicine Communications

Ellie Menzies

Legislative director, Service Employees International Union 1199 NW

Rachael Myers

Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

David Nielsen

Senior policy analyst, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Megan Owen

Director, Strategic Market Development, McKinstry

Will Pittz

Executive Director, Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN!)

Sally Pritchard

Community Impact Manager, Spokane County United Way

Erin Reidy

Public Policy Manager, Community Health Plan of Washington/Community Health Network

Jennifer Romich

Assistant Professor, University of Washington's School of Social Work

Donna Vance

Retired, Kennewick

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Budget Matters 2014

We are excited to announce this year’s Budget Matters 2014 Conference Program! We look forward to seeing you at the Washington State Convention Center on December 12, 2014.  See our detailed program with confirmed speakers here.

Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

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