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Our New Policy Analyst

Posted by taral at May 07, 2014 09:20 PM |
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We are pleased to announce that Elena Hernandez is joining our team as a policy analyst. Elena has worked with us in various capacities over the past few years as a Research Assistant and was our 2012- 2013 Betty Jane Narver Fellow. She was also an intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C.

 “I am so excited that our investment in new voices entering the policy area (through the Betty Jane Narver Fellowship) has resulted in helping to launch Elena’s career in public policy,” says Executive Director Remy Trupin. “She is a great addition to our team and I look forward to her many contributions to our work.”  

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 will earn her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in June 2014.

Elena focuses on anti-poverty policy.

 

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We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic Policy Analyst to join our team.

Our Legislative Agenda

During the 2016 legislative session, the Budget & Policy Center continues to promote several of the common-sense policy ideas we developed for the 2015-2017 bienniumOur Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Budget Beat 

Listen to our Budget Beat about the I-1366 court decision. It features Senator David Frockt (D-46) and Pacifica Law Group Partner Kymberly Evanson. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We are testifying in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that will take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's testimony  (at the 9:25 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.