Steve Salmi, Ph.D.

Manager
360-725-5034 or steve.salmi@commerce.wa.gov

Steve is the circus conductor of Research Services. He can help you brainstorm options for answering a research question or completing a difficult project.

Skills: Policy analysis, research and grant writing, editing, publication design and production, public relations, organizational development, training

Policy area expertise: Taxes, government operations, sustainability

Education: Ph.D. in urban studies/public administration, Cleveland State University; M.P.A. and B.A., The Evergreen State College

Experience: Roughly 25 years of experience in state and local government, e.g., legislative reporter, public information officer for a community college, coordinator of the Bond Users Clearinghouse, grants manager for the Dept. of Commerce’s Capital Facilities Programs, policy analyst for a number of state programs, and owner of a communications business. Rumor has it that Steve has been with the Local Government Fiscal Note Program longer than any other sentient being on the planet.

Noreen Hoban

Operations Manager
360-725-5038 or noreen.hoban@commerce.wa.gov

Noreen possesses a broad range of  project management, operations, stakeholder development, and applied research experience in the public and private sectors.

Skills: In-depth knowledge of project design and implementation. Documentation development,  research, databases, and analysis
Policy area expertise: Economic development, government operations, legislative process, grants

Education: B.A. in Biology and English, University of Washington. Trained to teach life sciences and chemistry at the high school level. Extensive management, customer service, contract, and program management training.

Experience: Over 25 years of experience in high tech, including as an operations executive in multiple startups. At the Washington State Economic Development Commission Noreen worked on numerous statewide initiatives with a emphasis on stakeholder development. She has strong implementation skills as well as the ability to see the “big picture.” Noreen manages the agency’s Grant Center.

Alice Zillah

Policy Research Manager
360-725-5035 or alice.zillah@commerce.wa.gov

Alice has advanced skills in project management, stakeholder coordination, and policy development. Alice is impeccable at meeting project-quality, budget, and timeline targets.

Skills: Project management, program development, stakeholder facilitation, policy research, and development

Policy area expertise: Criminal justice, mental health, human trafficking, housing, social services, economic development

Education: Certificate in Project Management, University of Washington; B.A., The Evergreen State College

Experience: Has conducted research and project coordination on topics such as human trafficking, housing, small business assistance, business models for energy efficiency, offender re-entry services, and infrastructure. Alice has been a local government fiscal note analyst for seven legislative sessions. Prior to joining Commerce she was the operations manager for a nonprofit organization and worked for the Department of Information Services, first managing the state’s videoconference network and later coordinating a key aspect of a multi-million-dollar data conversion project.

Britt McVicar

Research Program Manager
360-725-5042 or britt.mcvicar@commerce.wa.gov

Britt has experience in both the public and private sectors. She brings strong public administration skills. Utilizing her MPA professional training, coupled with the wide breadth of knowledge from her extensive experience, Britt skillfully manages projects to meet budgets and tight timelines.

Skills: Policy and data analysis, project and contract management, research, public presentations, data management, and visualization.

Education: M.P.A., University of Nebraska; B.A. Communications Studies

Experience: Britt has over 12 years’ experience analyzing public policy and large, complex data sets on a variety of topics. She has significant knowledge of the legislative process with experience working with agencies, associations, and legislative committees. Britt worked at the Nebraska and Washington State Legislatures. She also has managed state and federal contracts for local traffic safety programs.

 As a local government fiscal note analyst, Britt focuses on taxes, public works, transportation, and government finance. She provides research support to the Bond Users Clearinghouse and a variety of other projects.

Allan Johnson

Program Manager
360-725-5033 or allan.johnson@commerce.wa.gov

Allan brings his broad experience in land-use planning, housing, and GIS skills to our agency for work on the Puget Sound Mapping Project, fiscal notes, and other research projects.

Skills: Project management, policy analysis, demographic research, spatial trend analysis, facilitation and public participation
Policy area expertise: Land-use planning, housing policy, spatial information, demographics

Education: M.U.P. in Urban Planning, Univ. of Washington; B.A. in Political Science, Idaho State U.; AAS in Geographic Information Systems, GRCC

Experience: Over 20 years of comprehensive planning, affordable housing, GIS and census/demographic experience and has worked for jurisdictions and agencies that include Shoreline, Renton, King County, and the U.S. Census Bureau. At Commerce Allan has managed the development of an integrated map of zoning and development throughout the Puget Sound. In addition, he has led efforts on the state’s Consolidated Plan to guide the use of federal Housing and Urban Development funds. He is the lead local government fiscal note analyst on land use, housing, and related issues and manages the Bond Cap Allocation Program.

Renee Martine-Tebow

Research Project Coordinator
360-725-5045 or renee.martine-tebow@commerce.wa.gov

Renee is a jane-of-all-trades and a policy wonk. Since joining Research Services, she has managed projects as diverse as researching cost-effective, sustainable K-3 schools, rape prevention and education metrics, and water resource rights in the Mid-Columbia region..

Skills: Policy analysis, project management, mixed-methods, research design, stakeholder facilitation, and organizational development.

Policy area expertise: Government Operations, Elections, Taxes, Public Works, and Marijuana

Education: M.P.A and B.A. The Evergreen State College

Experience: Previously, Renee freelanced as an organization development consultant advising nonprofits in the South Sound region. She has also conducted research and policy development at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. And she has staffed multiple legislative committees, including the Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks workgroup, the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council, and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.