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Commissioners & Management Team

Enabling Legislation 43.180 RCW

Executive Management Team


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 MillerKaren 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 1999.     

Brian BonlenderBrian Bonlender
Director, Department of Commerce

Brian 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.

Dan McConnonDan McConnon
Department of Commerce, designee

Dan 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.

James McIntireJames L. McIntire
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.

Ellen EvansEllen Evans
Commissioner Designee, 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.  

Beth BaumBeth Baum
Commissioner, At-Large

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 Committee.

Lloyd WeatherfordLloyd Weatherford
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.

M.A. LeonardM.A. Leonard
Commissioner, Public Member

M.A. 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 MossSteven Moss
Nonprofit and Housing Consumer

Steve is former Chief Executive Officer of 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 Council.

Randy RobinsonRandy Robinson
Commissioner, Housing Consumer Interests Representative

Randy Robinson is currently Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending, Heritage Bank. He was formerly the Vice President and Team Leader, KeyBank Community Development Lending, Western Region. He was responsible for financing affordable housing developments and nonprofit community facilities. His team covered the Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington markets. Randy also served as the 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 College.  

Gabe SpencerGabe Spencer
Commissioner, Publicly Elected Official Representative

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 TietzPam 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. 


Mario VillanuevaMario Villanueva
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.


Kim Herman 

 Paul Edwards

 Bob Cook

Lisa DeBrock

Lisa Vatske

Valeri Pate 

Kim Herman
Executive Director

Paul Edwards
Deputy Director

Bob Cook
Senior Director, Finance and IT

Lisa DeBrock
Division Director, Homeownership

Lisa Vatske
Division Director, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities

Valeri Pate
Division Director, Asset Management and Compliance


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