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Commissioners and Executive Team

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, Chair, Public Member

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 (ex officio Commissioner)

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 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. Diane provides leadership for Commerce’s strategic initiatives to address the needs of vulnerable and low-income populations in communities throughout the state.

Her background includes a strong and successful history in program administration, policy development, results-oriented work, and working collaboratively with staff, community partners, individuals and families across the state to strengthen communities. Diane received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington State University.

She serves as the governor’s appointee on Serve Washington, serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, serves as a member and past vice chair and chair of the Adult Education Advisory Council, serves as a commissioner on the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and Co-Leads the Governor’s Poverty Reduction Workgroup to Dismantle Poverty. Diane also previously served on the board of directors for the Washington Community Reinvestment Association. She received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management.

Mike Pellicciotti   Mike Pellicciotti, Washington State Treasurer (ex officio Commissioner)

Mike Pellicciotti is Washington’s 24th State Treasurer. Before becoming treasurer, he was elected to the State House of Representatives for two terms, serving on the Capital Budget Committee and as vice chair of the State Government Committee. As Washington’s chief financial officer, Treasurer Pellicciotti is dedicated to financial transparency and advancing policies that best serve our state’s working families and retirees. Treasurer Pellicciotti has his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He studied economic development and received his Master’s in Rural Development as a United States Fulbright Scholar. His Juris Doctor is from Gonzaga University School of Law.

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.

Brian Surratt   Brian Surratt, Commissioner, Public Member

Brian Surratt is the new Executive Director of the Puget Sound office for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest community development organizations. Previously, he was Vice President at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, one of the largest developers of life science and technology campuses in the nation’s leading urban innovation centers. Before joining Alexandria Real Estate, Brian was the Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development where he successfully negotiated the agreement to redevelop Climate Pledge Arena, a new $1 billion music and professional hockey and basketball venue at the Seattle Center and was the City’s policy lead for Seattle’s historic efforts as the first major city in the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Brian has been recognized by the German Marshall Memorial and the White House Fellowship programs, as well as Seattle Met Magazine as one of “The 15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle” and Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. Brian is currently a board member of FareStart, the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, the Seattle Center Foundation, Downtown Emergency Services Center, and Downtown Seattle Association. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Tulsa and his MPA from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Albert Tripp   Albert Tripp, Commissioner, Representative of Low-income Persons

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.

Nicole R Bascomb-Green   Nicole R. Bascomb-Green, Commissioner, Housing Consumer Interests Representative

Nicole R. Bascomb-Green is the Owner and Designated Broker of Bascomb Real Estate Group and Vice President – Community Affairs Manager for U.S. Bank. Nicole has worked in the banking/real estate industry for 30 years and has worked in multiple key roles as a banker, underwriter, CRA/CSR officer and now real estate broker. Nicole holds a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in marketing and uses her education and experience to work as a key stakeholder in the industry to increase financial education, home ownership and real estate investment for Black people in the state of Washington.

As a community member, Nicole has continued to support key initiatives that are focused on the uplift of disenfranchised communities. She sits on several boards focused on these efforts including: National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) – Western Washington Chapter, as President; and the National Black MBA Association – Seattle Chapter, as the VP of Programming; Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle; and HomeSight. Nicole is currently married to her husband Michael and has 3 daughters: Niaya, Sanyh and Symirah.

Alishia Topper   Alishia Topper, Commissioner, Elected Local Government Official

Alishia was elected Clark County Treasurer in November 2018 and took her oath of office on December 31, 2018. Before being elected Treasurer, Alishia worked as the Tax Service Manager for the Clark County Treasurer’s Office and was responsible for the billing and collection of $792 million in taxes and assessments.

In addition to her treasury work, Alishia was elected to two terms as a Vancouver City Councilmember and resigned her position to serve as Treasurer. Alishia served as Board Chair of Columbia Credit Union, governing over $1.4 billion in assets. Alishia is a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University and two undergraduate degrees from Washington State University.

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 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.

Pedro Espinoza   Pedro Espinoza, Commissioner, Representative of Labor Interests

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Steve Walker 

 Paul Edwards

 Bob Cook

Lisa DeBrock

Lisa Vatske

Vacant 

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

Vacant
Division Director, Asset Management and Compliance

 
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