Dr. Grant D. Forsyth, Chair
Chief Economist, Avista Corp.
Dr. Forsyth is the Chief Economist of Avista Corp. Before coming to Avista in 2012, he was Professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University from 1999 to 2012. Before EWU, he worked for nearly three years in the Czech Republic as an academic and private sector economist. He received his BA in Economics from Central Washington University (1988), his MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon (1990), and his PhD in Economics from Washington State University (1996). He also serves on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Spokane Mayor’s Economic Roundtable, and the External Advisory Board for Washington State University’s School of Economic Sciences.
Ronald L. Bueing
Tax Attorney, CPA, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ron Bueing is a tax lawyer and CPA. Practicing for 30 years, Mr. Bueing specializes in state and local taxes, assisting clients in managing their multistate taxes through planning, structuring and negotiation of voluntary disclosure agreements, and defending taxpayers in tax audits and litigation. Mr. Bueing is recognized for his experience in successfully resolving Washington State & City excise tax disputes in connection with a variety of such taxes including business & occupation tax, sales and use tax, real estate excise tax and utility tax.
Mr. Bueing has a JD and a BA from the University of Washington. Mr. Bueing is the current chair of the Tax & Fiscal Policy Council of the Association of Washington Business and previously served as a member of the Committee for the Study of Electronically Delivered Products.
Diane Lourdes Dick
Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Professor Dick is an Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. She received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she focused on business taxation and served as a Graduate Tax Scholar. From 2005-2010, she was an Associate at Bilzin Sumberg, where she concentrated her practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, capital market transactions, debt restructuring and loan workouts.
Professor Dick focuses her scholarship on the intersections of tax, bankruptcy and corporate law. She has written extensively about commercial restructurings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the litigation of disputes pertaining to complex commercial financing arrangements.
Dr. Justin Marlowe
Professor of Public Finanace and Associate Dean for Executive Education, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
Professor Marlowe teaches graduate level courses on public financial management and budgeting at the Evans School, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Executive Education.
Professor Marlowe has published three books and more than 50 articles on a variety of topics in public financial management. He has served on expert advisory boards for King County, the Washington State Auditor, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and the National Academies of Science, among others. He also routinely works as a consultant and expert witness for state and local governments, investment banks, and other public and private sector clients. He writes a regular column in Governing magazine, and he is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for state and local elected officials.
Prior to academia, Professor Marlowe worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a B.S. in Public Administration and MPA from Northern Michigan University.
Sen. John Braun was elected to the Washington State Senate, in 2012, to represent the 20th Legislative District, including most of Cowlitz and Lewis counties and parts of Clark and Thurston counties.
Sen. Braun serves as vice-chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee and vice chair of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, vice-chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and as the Senate Deputy Majority Leader.
Sen. Braun has taken the lead on issues related to business competitiveness, sponsored measures that would limit cities’ ability to mandate sick-leave entitlement on employers from outside their municipal boundaries, allow business license renewal online, restrict the frequency of sales tax changes, and provide a good faith defense for employers.
Sen. Braun is president of Braun Northwest, a family-owned company in business since 1986. The firm specializes in building emergency vehicles (Motorists traveling just south of Chehalis can see Braun Northwest on the east side of Interstate 5, between the exits to LaBree and Rush roads). He, his wife Marlo and their four children reside on a small farm in rural Lewis County, outside Centralia.
Prior to his business career Sen. Braun served on active duty in the U.S. Navy; he continues to serve as a commander in the Naval Reserve. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and Master’s degrees in business administration and manufacturing engineering from the University of Michigan.
Pat McCarthy is the Washington State Auditor. She began her term in January 2017 and is proud to lead the professional auditors who provide a window into taxpayer-funded operations. For the past eight years, she managed the daily operations of Pierce County, the second largest county in Washington. McCarthy has been a public servant for three decades, starting with 12 years on the Tacoma school board. She was elected twice as Pierce County Auditor and served as chair of Sound Transit, as well as an administrator and advisor for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. She and her husband, John, live in Tacoma. They have four adult children and eleven grandchildren, all of whom make western Washington their home.