Precious Butiu, Outreach and Operations Coordinator   


Precious coordinates outreach strategies and keeps the office running smoothly. Her experience includes community-organizing and event coordination at GABRIELA Seattle, theater production at API Chaya, and fundraising at Social Justice Fund NW.

Precious has worked in restaurant and theater management. She has a bachelor's degree from Seattle University. 

Contact: preciousb(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Eritrea Habtemariam, Betty Jane Narver Fellow

eritreaEritrea Habtemariam is a student at the University of Washington pursuing a Master’s degree in Policy Studies. Her policy interests include budgetary appropriations and their impacts on human services, labor and social equity.

Previously, Eritrea interned at Seattle’s Office of City Auditor and at Centerstone, a community action agency. She is excited to further develop analytical skills and expand on her knowledge of fiscal policy in Washington State.

Contact: eritreah(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Elena Hernandez, Policy Analyst 

Elena2Elena’s work focuses on anti-poverty policy and the importance of reducing poverty for Washingtonians and our economy.

She was our 2012-2013 Betty Jane Narver Fellow and interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining us, Elena worked for six years with a diversity outreach program at the University of Washington called the Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project. 

She holds a B.A. in Law, Societies, & Justice from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

Contact: elenah(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org 

Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst

Kim Kim conducts research and analysis on the state budget. She has worked in Washington state politics since 2001, as a campaign staffer for Democratic legislative and congressional races, a community organizer for labor and progressive organizations, and a lobbyist for policies that benefit people with low incomes.

Prior to joining the Budget & Policy Center, Kim was a Policy Analyst for the House Democratic Caucus where she staffed the House Committee on Community, Economic Development and Trade and the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services.

Contact: kimj(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Andrew Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst

AndyAndy specializes in state tax and revenue systems. Since joining the Budget & Policy Center in 2009 he has served on a Legislative Task Force on Tax Preference Reform and has conducted numerous analyses of Washington’s tax structure.

Andy worked at the DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where he performed extensive research on state fiscal policy. Additionally, Andy taught English in China. He holds a Master of Public Policy from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

When not focusing on tax policy, Andy plays guitar in the band Southender.

Contact: andyn(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Lori Pfingst, Ph.D., Research and Policy Director

LoriLori manages the research team’s work on developing solutions for rebuilding prosperity, and is the lead researcher on the Progress Index and KIDS COUNT in Washington – our primary tools to measure the well-being of Washingtonians.

She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2010 and has 15 years’ experience conducting social research and policy analysis.

Prior to joining the Budget & Policy Center, Lori was a Research Scientist with Public Health – Seattle/King County, and also served as the Assistant Director of Washington KIDS COUNT in the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. Her current and past research covers a broad range of areas, including criminology, health, poverty, income inequality, epidemiology, and racial equity.

Contact: lorip(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org  

Remy Trupin, Senior Adviser


As senior adviser, Remy works with community partners and with the Public Will project, a major multi-year project focused on how to effectively communicate the role of government. Remy was the founding executive director of the Budget & Policy Center. For almost ten years, he led the strategic direction of the organization.

Remy’s experience includes serving as the Government Affairs Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and as legislative consultant to United Way of King County. Remy has also worked with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Urban Health Initiative. 

He has B.A. in political science and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington. 

David West, Interim Executive Director

David West headshotDavid is serving as Interim Executive Director of the Budget & Policy Center during spring/summer of 2015, working with the Center’s board and staff during the leadership transition. He is an experienced nonprofit leader, researcher, community organizer, and strategic adviser. 

He previously led Puget Sound Sage, the Center for a Changing Workforce, and Washington Community Action Network. His work has spanned health care, employment, environmental, housing, and public finance issues in both Washington and Wisconsin.  David has a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.P.A. degree from the University of Washington. 

Contact: davidw(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Melinda Young-Flynn, Communications Manager   Melinda headshot formatted

Melinda helps build the reputation of the Center as a respected source of information and analysis on state budget and fiscal issues.

Previously, Melinda led the communications program at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. In that role, she helped publicize a wide range of public health and patient advocacy initiatives championed by the school’s faculty and students.

Her background also includes working at area nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Contact: melinday(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org
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Our Legislative Agenda

The Budget & Policy Center's 2015-17 Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable and sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that will promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong, inclusive middle class; produce high-quality, living wage jobs, and ensure equal opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Take a closer look here.

Testimonies in Olympia

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Budget Beat

In our April 3 Budget Beat webinar, our research and policy team gave a legislative update.

In our February 27 webinar, State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas talked about the tax break transparency bill. 

Budget Matters Conference

Thank you to all those people who made our 3rd Annual Budget Matters Conference a success! Take a look at this video highlighting Budget Matters 2014. 

Now Hiring: Executive Director

We're looking for a seasoned, visionary, and energetic leader with a strong understanding of policy issues and how the legislative process works to lead our high-profile public policy organization into its second decade. View the job description.