Lew Moore, President and CEO

Lew Moore has significant experience researching and analyzing governmental actions and their effects, and of bringing people together around new, innovative public policy ideas. For many years he has worked toward creating more cooperative and effective land use, permitting, and environmental policies, beginning with his six year tenure as chief of staff for Congressman Jack Metcalf. Moore was a central figure in the bipartisan process co-chaired by Sen. Patty Murray that resulted in the nationally recognized Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. In recent years he has co-facilitated a groundbreaking land use initiative, convened by federal, state, county, and tribal partners, touted at both the national and regional levels as a model. Lew has taught American history at Western Washington University. He has also worked for diverse political figures, including Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul, for whom he led a national effort that broke new ground in the use of social media, and achieved record fundraising. He has lived in Washington state’s Snohomish County for thirty years.


Kriss IMG_5818Dr. Kriss Sjoblom, Research Director and Senior Economist

At the Research Council, Kriss Sjoblom has authored reports on numerous issues, including the state’s economy, its tax system, transportation, and housing. Dr. Sjoblom has served on the Washington State Governor's Council of Economic Advisors since 1995, under Governors Mike Lowry, Gary Locke, Chris Gregoire and Jay Inslee. In 2011, he served on the Commission on State Debt.

A Seattle native, Sjoblom earned an A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D., in economics, from Yale University. Before joining the Research Council, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Haverford College. He is currently a fellow of the University of Washington Economics Department’s Economic Policy Research Center.


EmilyEmily Makings, Senior Research Analyst

Emily Makings (neé Schlect) has broad experience in research and policy analysis. For the Research Council, she specializes in state budget and employment policy issues. Previously, Emily was an analyst for the National Mining Association, where she managed the association’s international policy. Before that, she was an analyst in the Tax Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office. At CBO, she prepared baseline projections for customs duties and wrote CBO cost estimates of bills under consideration by the Congress affecting federal revenues, including for the Dominican Republic–Central America–U.S. Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. A Yakima native, she graduated from Washington State University’s Honors College with a B.A. in economics.



mary headshotMary Strow, Communications Director/Research Analyst

Mary has 20 years of communications and public policy experience in Washington state. She started her career working as a staff writer for former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton in Washington, D.C., where she collaborated with congressional staff and stakeholders to produce speeches and other materials on issues including the federal budget, tax policy, trade and natural resources. In the Washington State House of Representatives as a public information officer she was responsible for messaging on transportation and K-12 education, and assisted House members with communications on bipartisan legislation such as computer science education, workforce training, marine waterways cleanup and budget and tax policy. Mary is a Seattle native with a B.A. in History from the University of Washington. She lives in Olympia.


DeDe McConnell,  Administrative Assistant