Lew Moore, President

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, Vice President – Research and 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.

DeDe McConnell,  Administrative Assistant