Who We Are

Our Staff

Our Mission

To use research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.

Why We Do Our Work

At the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, we believe that Washington can be a state where all children have access to great schools; where people earn what they need to support themselves and their families; where our environment is healthy and our economy is strong; and where all communities can thrive. And we believe that a person’s race or ethnicity should not determine their health, income, wealth, educational attainment, or access to opportunity. 

We recognize that the Washington state budget is an essential tool to invest in progress, and we work to ensure the budget advances the well-being of our state and its people.

What We Do

We advocate for elected leaders and decision makers to: ensure the state budget and tax code sustainably and equitably invest in the priorities that serve all Washingtonians; and advance social and economic policies that lift up families with low and moderate incomes, eliminate disparities based on race, and give all Washingtonians the opportunity to thrive.

How We Do Our Work

In all of our work, we keep equity front and center – by paying attention to how policies differently impact communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, language, and ability. (See our statement on equity.)

We also take a big-picture view of our state budget within our Progress in Washington framework, which focuses on four areas – economic security; education and job readiness; healthy people & communities; and effective and accountable government. We reject efforts to advance one area of progress at the expense of another. 

We are a trusted leader in:  

  • Developing and advancing innovative economic and social policy proposals, based on rock solid research and analysis.
  • Analyzing how budget and policy decisions affect investments in the priorities that serve us all, and ensuring that our analysis gets in the hands of decision makers and influencers.
  • Shifting the public debate around issues related to taxes, the economy, and Washingtonians’ well-being through strategic communications with decision makers, key partners, the general public, and the media. (Sign up for our schmudget blog.)
  • Building strong and inclusive coalitions with local and statewide networks of community leaders, coalitions, and grassroots advocates who work tirelessly to promote policies that would make our state a better place.
  • Helping to engage the community and allies with our policy priorities through ongoing outreach, including presentations at civic events, webinars, and our annual Budget Matters policy event.

    Our History and Impact

    In 2005, a visionary group of public policy experts, community leaders, and social justice advocates joined forces to create a nonpartisan organization that would ensure that Washington state invests in the priorities that create a more just and prosperous state. A year later, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center was officially open for business. Since that time, we have played a role in leading and supporting many significant policy successes in our state. Some highlights:

    For more about our impact, take a look at our 10-year anniversary celebration highlights

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Join our team!

We currently have two job opportunities available to join the Budget & Policy Center’s awesome team: a policy analyst position and the Betty Jane Narver fellowship. We are also looking to bring on new members of our board of directors.

Check out Budget Beat

Learn about the pros and cons of the final supplemental state budget on our recent Budget Beat webinar, "Legislative Session 2018 Wrap-up," featuring our policy experts Kelli Smith, Andy Nicholas, and Julie Watts.

Our policy priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

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We're in Olympia throughout the 2018 legislative session to testify in support of bills that advance our legislative priorities. Watch our testimonies on TVW:

Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch herefeatured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation.