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Enabling Legislation 43.180 RCW

Executive Management Team

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The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has eleven board members. Nine volunteer members are appointed by the Governor, the Chair who serves at the pleasure of the Governor and eight others who server overlapping, four-year terms that represent various geographic, business, and public interests. Two members are State Officials who serve ex officio, the State Treasurer and the Director of the State Department of Commerce.

Bill Rumpf   Bill Rumpf, Commission Chair

Bill Rumpf is retired from a long career in housing and community development. For the past ten years, Bill served as President of Mercy Housing Northwest. He oversaw development, resident services, fundraising and operations for Mercy’s affordable housing work in the region.

Bill served for more than a decade as Deputy Director for the Seattle Office of Housing. His earlier positions were CEO of the California Housing Partnership and Chief of Housing for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

Bill’s education includes a Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies from the Stanford University and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government.

Lisa J. Brown  Lisa J. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Department of Commerce

Lisa J. Brown, Ph.D., was appointed Commerce director by Gov. Inslee and began serving the agency in February of 2019. Prior to serving as Commerce director, she served as chancellor of Washington State University, where she led the health science campus in Spokane. Lisa served in the Washington State Legislature from 1996 – 2013 in the Senate where she was majority leader and chaired the Rules Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and Energy, Technology and Telecommunications Committee. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1993 – 1996, where she was minority whip and minority floor leader. She has worked extensively on economic development in Eastern Washington and on gender equity. Prior to state office, she was an associate professor of economics at Eastern Washington University and an associate professor of leadership at Gonzaga University. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Illinois and her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Diane Klontz   Diane Klontz, 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.

Duane Davidson   Duane Davidson, Washington State Treasurer (ex officio Commissioner)

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.

Jason Richter  Jason Richter, Washington State Treasurer’s Office (designee)

Jason Richter is the Deputy Treasurer of Debt Management of the State of Washington. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the issuance of all State debt and managing the State’s general obligation bond and leasehold financing portfolios. Jason’s other duties include managing the State’s rating agency relationships, disclosure obligations, and investor relations, as well as serving as the State Treasurer’s representative on various debt-related boards and financing authorities. Prior to joining the State Treasurer’s office, he spent seven years as a public finance investment banker and twelve years as a municipal financial advisor in Los Angeles, California. As an investment banker and financial advisor, he helped structure and issue several billion dollars’ worth of financings for state and local government issuers in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Minnesota. Jason graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Finance. As an investment banker he held FINRA Series 52 and Series 63 licenses.

Rich Nafziger   Rich Nafziger, Commissioner, At-Large

Rich worked as an economist in public policy for nearly 35 years. Since 2010, Rich has been teaching economics, behavioral economics, and public policy at the Institute for Public Service at Seattle University. His public service positions include, Chief Clerk of the Washington House of Representatives, policy advisor to Governors Gardner and Locke, Director of Workforce Training for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Chair of the State Workforce Training Education and Coordination Board. He has also served as Research Director for the Service Employees International Union and Americans for Indian Opportunity in Washington D.C. He was Senior Associate with Tanzer Economics in New York City, working on international petroleum and minerals issues. Rich was elected twice to the Olympia School Board and served as board chair. He has served as a Trustee with Northwest Training Partnership, the Pacific Hospital Public Development District, and the Seattle Jobs Initiative. He is married to Kristin Swenddal and has two wonderful children, Tess and Mia.

Albert Tripp   Albert Tripp, Nonprofit and Housing Consumer

Albert Tripp lives in Spokane County and has served as City Manager for the City of Airway Heights since 2008. In his position he acts as chief executive and administrative officer, bringing together the leadership and vision of the city council with a focus on results. He previously served on the Spokane Regional Homeless Governance Council, and he is a former board member of the Washington City/County Management Association.

Randy Robinson   Randy Robinson, 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.

Alishia Topper   Alishia Topper, Commissioner, Publicly Elected Official Representative

Alishia Topper was elected to the Vancouver City Council in November of 2013. In addition to her public office, she works as the Tax Service Manager for the Clark County Treasurer's Office. Alishia attended Washington State University and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Foreign Language and Literatures and holds a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. Alishia was named a 2017 Advocacy All-Star by the Association of Washington Cities for her work to find solutions for affordable housing and homelessness. She was named by the Vancouver Business Journal as a 2011 Accomplished and Under 40 businessperson and recognized by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce as one of Clark County's Most Interesting People of 2014. Alishia serves as Vice President of the board of Columbia Credit Union, a member of the board of Council for the Homeless and Vancouver’s Downtown Association.

Lowel Krueger   Lowel Krueger, Commissioner, Public Member

Lowel Krueger, a Washington native, graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting in 1997 and from Washington State University with a Masters in Business Administration in 2007. Lowel became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 1999. Lowel worked as an Assistant State Auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office and was the lead auditor on public housing authority audits. Prior to joining the Yakima Housing Authority on December 1, 2008, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority, where he helped obtain over $11 million in funding for affordable housing. Lowel is the Executive Director of the Yakima and Kittitas County Housing Authorities serving approximately 1,700 families with an annual budget in excess of $10 million. In addition, Lowel serves on several boards associated with affordable housing.

Ken A. Larsen   Ken A. Larsen, Commissioner, Public Member

Ken is a seasoned Mortgage Banking Professional with over 25 years of experience in the real estate and mortgage banking sector. He is an accomplished and experienced sales and business development professional with excellent communication skills and extensive experience in effective customer relationship management. He has achieved progressive success in banking with proven leadership experience as an Executive Vice President and Director of Mortgage Banking at Banner Bank.

Wendy L. Lawrence   Wendy L. Lawrence, Commissioner, Public Member

Wendy Lawrence is the Director of Housing Development and Property Management for the Opportunity Council. Formerly the Housing Director for the Makah Tribe, Executive Committee Member to the Northwest Indian Housing Association, regional representative to the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Board of Directors and former Chairperson of the NAIHC Legislative Committee.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Steve Walker 

 Paul Edwards

 Bob Cook

Lisa DeBrock

Lisa Vatske

Valeri Pate 

Steve Walker
Executive Director
   

Paul Edwards
Deputy Director

Bob Cook
Senior Director, Finance

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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