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Our New Policy Analyst

Posted by taral at May 07, 2014 05:20 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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HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium 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. 

Testimonies in Olympia

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

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

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