The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is a volunteer board appointed
by the Governor of the State of Washington to represent various geographic, business, and public interests.
Karen Miller, Commission Chair
Karen lives in Mountlake Terrace and is retired from the Snohomish County
Council where she represented the 4th County Council District for six
years. She served as Chair of the Council for two years and as Chair of
the Law and Justice and Human Services Committee. She served as
President of the Washington Association of Counties in 1996. Karen
presently serves on the Foundation Board of Edmonds Community College
and is a past President of the Trustees Association of Community and
Technical Colleges in the state of Washington.
Karen is the past
President of the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington and she also
served as the 2006 and 2007 President of the National Council of State
Housing Boards and currently serves on the NCSHB Board. She was
appointed to the Commission in 1997 and appointed Chair in
Bonlender, Director, Department of Commerce
Bonlender was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Director of the
Department of Commerce in January 2013. A Yakima native, Bonlender
served as Inslee’s chief-of-staff and legislative director, running
the congressman’s office and acting as his primary advisor on
economic issues. Bonlender worked on legislation and policy in a
range of industries including agriculture, life sciences,
information technology, aerospace, maritime and clean energy. He
brings nearly 20 years of public and private experience to his new
post, including as a regulatory compliance consultant for industries
across the state and as an advisor to a clean tech startup. He has a
Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. Brian
lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Department of Commerce, designee
McConnon joined Commerce in 2008 and currently serves as deputy director for the
agency. He acts as Commerce’s chief operating officer, overseeing the internal
operations of the organization. Dan also serves as the agency’s lead for
community services and housing, with a focus on policy, strategic initiatives
and external relations. He leads Commerce partnerships with community
organizations that meet the social and economic needs of Washington’s families,
workers, and employers. Dan chairs the Interagency Council on Homelessness, and
serves as a commissioner of the Housing Finance Commission and as an ex officio
member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. He also serves on the
Washington Families Fund Steering Committee, the Building Changes Program
Committee, the WorkFirst Subcabinet, and the Justice Assistance Grant Advisory
Committee. Prior to Commerce, Dan spent more than 20 years in higher education
dedicated to supporting access to education in order to provide individuals with
skills to obtain living wage jobs. Dan completed his coursework for a doctorate
in educational leadership at Gonzaga University, has an MBA from Nova
University, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern
Oregon State College.
Washington State Treasurer, ex officio
James L. McIntire was elected Washington's 22nd State Treasurer in 2008
and re-elected in 2012. He was elected chair of the State
Investment Board in 2011. He chairs the State Finance Committee
and the Public Deposit Protection Commission; co-chairs the
Democratic State Treasurers; and is the immediate past president
of the Western State Treasurers' Association. During his tenure,
he saved $1.6 billion through refinancing old debt and lower
than expected interest rates on new bond sales. Prior to
becoming Treasurer, he was a successful business economist for
Navigant Consulting Inc. He taught economics at the University
of Washington, where he also founded and directed a fiscal
policy center. He began his political career working in the U.S.
Senate for Hubert Humphrey, and served as a policy advisor to
congressional committee chairmen and Washington governors. He
served five terms as a State Representative and chaired
statewide boards for economic development and nonprofit housing.
State Treasurer’s Office
Ellen Evans is Deputy Treasurer – Debt Management of the State of
Washington. Ellen was appointed by Treasurer McIntire to serve as the
Treasurer’s designee to the Commission in February 2011. She is
responsible for managing all aspects of debt issuance by the state and
participates in financial policymaking on a broad range of issues.
Trained as an economist, her professional experience has been largely in
institutional finance with Seattle-Northwest Securities, Salomon
Brothers, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the United Nations.
She lives in Seattle.
Elizabeth (Beth) Baum is the Director of Investor Relations for
Weyerhaeuser Company, responsible for educating investors and
securities analysts about the company’s strategy and financial
results. She has served in various finance roles at
Weyerhaeuser, including managing enterprise financial planning.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, she held positions in energy and
economic consulting and as an air quality planner for the
Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council of Governments. She is also
the former chair of the Weyerhaeuser Foundation SeaTac Advisory
Team. Beth holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University
in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Duke University, and
currently resides in Seattle. She was appointed to the
Commission in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Audit
Commissioner, Labor Interests Representative
Lloyd is a journeyman carpenter and a member of Carpenters
Local 30. He joined the Carpenters Union in 1988 after
completing an MFA in sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago.
He previously served
as a member of the Executive Board of the Pacific Northwest
Regional Council of Carpenters, Financial Secretary of Residential Carpenters Locals 816
and 456, employee representative on King County Carpenters Joint
Apprenticeship Training Committee, Seattle Housing Authority
High Point Advisory Council, and Seattle Vocational Institute
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Advisory Committee.
Commissioner, Public Member
Leonard is currently the Vice President and has led the Pacific Northwest Market
for Enterprise Community Partners since 2010. M.A. Leonard was formerly a Vice
President for the National Equity Fund (NEF). Prior to opening NEF’s Northwest
office in 1998, she was affiliated with Puget Sound LISC, leading to creation of
the Washington Community Development Loan Fund, now known as Impact Capital.
Between 1982 and 1990, she managed development of over 1500 units of housing for
the Seattle Housing Authority. Prior to coming to Washington, she developed
affordable housing in Eugene, Oregon, and was involved in housing policy and
planning activities in both Oregon and upstate New York. Leonard was appointed
to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in July 2007. Prior and
current service on boards and committees include: Washington Community
Reinvestment Association Board, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund Loan
Committee; Seattle Investment Fund Advisory Board and Investment Committee;
State Housing Trust Fund Policy Advisory Team; Common Ground Board; Historic
Seattle Council; Bank of America Rural Advisory Committee; Technical Advisory
Panel to the State Task Force for Housing for Seniors and Persons with
Disabilities; Early Childhood Education Center Board and the Seattle Housing
Levy Oversight Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois,
completed the Masters Program in Regional Planning at Cornell University, and
resides in Seattle.
Steven Moss, Nonprofit and Housing Consumer
Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Mountain Action Council,
and serves on the boards of the Eastern Washington Partnership
Workforce Development Council and several Walla Walla area
nonprofits. He served on the State Advisory Council on
Homelessness under Governor Gary Locke. Moss is former Board
President of Washington State Community Action Partnership and
the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless; former Board
Treasurer of the Washington Low-Income Housing Network; and
former Board member of the Washington State Rural Development
Commissioner, Housing Consumer Interests Representative
Randy Robinson is Vice President & Team Leader, KeyBank Community Development
Lending, Western Region. He is responsible for financing affordable housing
developments and nonprofit community facilities. His team covers the Alaska,
Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington markets. Before his present
position, he was Deputy Director of Fannie Mae’s Washington State Community
Business Center, and Senior Vice President, Community Development, U.S. Bancorp.
He is a Board member of Impact Capital and the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation.
He served as Chair of the 2009 campaign committee to renew the Seattle Housing
Levy, and Board President of the Washington Homeownership Center from 2007–2009.
He has a bachelors degree in English Literature and Economics from Whitman
Gabe Spencer, Commissioner, Publicly Elected
Gabe is currently in his 2nd term of office as the Skamania County
Assessor. Prior to being elected, Gabe worked in the office as a residential and
commercial appraiser. He is currently the chair of the Columbia Gorge Housing
Authority and a board member on the Skamania County Workforce Housing committee.
He is also a committee member of the Washington State Association of County
Assessors (Assessment Administration and Timber Committees), statewide. He
resides in Stevenson with his wife Maria and their four children.
Pam Tietz, Commissioner, Public Member
Pam Tietz has more than 25 years’ experience working at public housing
authorities developing and managing affordable housing units and programs. She
currently serves as the Executive Director for the Spokane Housing Authority.
Prior to this, Pam served as the Executive Director for the Peninsula Housing
Authority for nineteen years and has also held management positions at the
Bremerton Housing Authority and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Pam was
appointed to the Commission in 2009 and is currently serving in her second term.
She resides in Spokane.
Commissioner, Public Member
Mario Villanueva was appointed as Washington State Director for USDA Rural
Development by President Barack Obama In August 2009. For the previous 30 years,
he worked in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development
and social services in many rural communities in central and eastern Washington.
For 23 years he worked for 3 different rural, community/faith based nonprofit
organizations focused on serving low and moderate income populations. Fourteen
years of his nonprofit experience have been at the executive level. Prior to his
nonprofit work, he also worked 7 years managing his own business as a licensed
general contractor. Mario served as past President of the Washington State
Farmworker Housing Trust, as a board member of Impact Capital, a board member
for the Washington State Low Income Housing Alliance, a member of the Affordable
Housing Program Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and
on two housing advisory task forces for past Governors Gary Locke and Christine
Gregoire. Mario was appointed to the Commission in 2007 and lives in Tumwater.