Staff

Remy Trupin, Executive Director

Remy

Remy is the founding executive director of the Budget & Policy Center. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the Board of Directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission.

Remy’s experience includes serving as the Government Affairs Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and also as legislative consultant to United Way of King County. In addition, Remy has a diverse array of public policy experience, including working for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC, and researching programs and strategies to improve health outcomes for children at the Urban Health Initiative.

Remy currently serves on Governor Inslee's Carbon Emissions Reductions Task Force. He has been named to several budget advisory groups by previous gubernatorial administrations, is active in the community, and is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. Remy’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Washington; a B.A. in political science and a M.P.A. from the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Contact: remyt(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

Judith Austin

Judith Austin, Development Manager

Judith raises funds to keep the organization sustainable. Prior to joining the Budget & Policy Center, she worked at Pacific Northwest Ballet in marketing and public relations. She has more than 10 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations and political campaigns.

Judi is currently a graduate student at the Institute for Public Service at Seattle University, where she is pursuing an M.P.A. She has a B.A. from the University of Washington.

 

Precious Butiu, Office Coordinator  

Precious keeps the Budget & Policy Center office running smoothly. Her experience includes community organizing and event coordination at GABRIELA Seattle, theater production at API Chaya, and fundraising at the 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

Elena Hernandez, Policy Analyst

Elena Hernandez

Elena’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 AnalystKim

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

Tara Lee, Communications and Outreach Director

TaraTara is responsible for media relations, marketing, and messaging. Prior to joining the Budget & Policy Center, Tara led the public policy and marketing efforts at the Washington Dental Service Foundation where she worked with the state legislature and community partners to support public health initiatives.

Tara served as Interim Director at HomeStep, which provides transitional housing. She began her career working for four years on political campaigns in California, and her first communications job was writing obituaries for the Bellingham Herald.

She has a B.A. in history from Western Washington University and a M.P.A. from Seattle University. 

Contact: taral(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 Lori

Lori 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  

Ben Secord, Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs 

BenBen works with community organizations, decision makers, and partners to expand the reach of our research and analysis.

Ben led the legislative outreach program at Progressive States Network (PSN),  where he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to grow the legislative network; including organizing an annual retreat and playing a lead role in the organizations program to support and build progressive caucuses in the states. 

Ben has more than seven years of experience in progressive policy and advocacy organizations, including previous outreach work for the Budget & Policy Center. He has a B.A. from Whitman College.

Contact: bens(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org

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HIGHLIGHTS

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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Inside Olympia

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, revenue options, and the impact of the McCleary decision going forward. The whole interview can be found 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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Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.