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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. There are eleven members of the Commission. Two members are State Officials, the State Treasurer and the Director of the State Department of Commerce, who serve ex officio. The Chair of the Commission is appointed by the Governor and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The other members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor and serve for overlapping terms of four years.
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.
Director, Department of Commerce (ex
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.
Department of Commerce, designee
Diane Klontz joined the Department of Commerce in 2001 and currently serves as Assistant Director for the Community Services and Housing Division. She began state service in 1994, giving her more than 20 years of experience working for the state of Washington. Diane provides leadership for Commerce’s strategic initiatives to address the needs of vulnerable and low-income populations in communities throughout the state. Diane has experience working with communities in Washington in a variety of capacities, including employment and training, affordable housing, crime victim services, investment in community facilities, and programs serving low-income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and incarcerated and paroled populations. Her background includes a strong and successful history in program administration and working collaboratively with staff, community partners, individuals, and families across the state. Diane received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Washington State University. She serves as the Governor’s appointee on Serve Washington, is on the Board of Directors for the Washington Community Reinvestment Association, serves on the Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities, and is the Chair of the Adult Education Advisory. She is the recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management.
Washington State Treasurer
Duane Davidson was elected as Washington State Treasurer in 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Benton County Treasurer for four terms, from 2003 to 2016. He served as the Chief Financial Accountant for Benton County immediately before his election to County Treasurer. Duane was previously an auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office where he served as the Assistant Audit Manager in the Tri-Cities and was also in charge of the Walla Walla regional offices. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Duane is currently serving his second term as President for the Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT) and previously served as Treasurer for that organization. He has also served on the Audit, Legislative and Website committees as well as being the historian/ archivist for WSACT. Duane is the past-President for two separate Kiwanis Clubs in the Tri-Cities and is the current Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Tri Cities Industry Foundation. He has served as a Church Speaker for Gideon International and as Church Treasurer.
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 Committee.
Commissioner, Labor Interests Representative
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.
Commissioner, Housing Consumer Interests Representative
Randy Robinson is Senior Vice President, Community Development Lending, Heritage Bank. In this position, Randy sources and structures commercial real estate loans for affordable housing and nonprofit community facilities. He also manages Heritage Bank’s relationship with its tax credit syndicator partner, Enterprise Community Investment. Randy has held positions in the field of community development throughout his career, including KeyBank, Fannie Mae, and U.S. Bancorp. Randy currently serves on the boards of Impact Capital and on the board of Capitol Hill Housing Foundation. He also serves on the board of HomeSight. He chaired the 2009 campaign committee to renew the Seattle Housing Levy. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Economics from Whitman College.
Commissioner, Publicly Elected
Gabe is currently in his 3rd 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.
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.
Ken A. Larsen
Commissioner, Public Member
Mortgage Banking Director and Senior Vice President, Banner Bank; current Chairman of the Board, Washington Mortgage Bankers Association; current Director, Freddie Mac’s Community Lender Advisory Board; former President, Seattle Mortgage Bankers Association.
Wendy L. Lawrence
Commissioner, Public Member
Housing Director, Makah Tribe; Committee Member, Northwest Indian Housing Association; former representative to National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), Board of Directors; former Chair, NAIHC Legislative Committee.