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 across the state.
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.
Assistant Director, Local Government Division
Assistant Director, Energy Division
Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness
Assistant Director, Community Services and Housing Division
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 and working collaboratively with staff, community partners, individuals and families across the state.
Diane received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington State University. She serves as the Governor’s appointee on Serve Washington, is on the board of directors for the Washington Community Reinvestment Association, serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, and is the chair of the Adult Education Advisory Council. She is the recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management.
Policy and Planning Director
Cheryl Smith leads the agency’s Policy and Planning Team, responsible for supporting policy development throughout the agency, enterprise initiatives, tribal and diverse community relations, new projects and ideas, legislative support and strategic planning.
Cheryl joined Commerce’s Director’s Office in 2008 and has been a long-time public servant working in leadership positions in state and local government, with a track record of leading innovative and collaborative efforts to address challenging problems and potential opportunities.
Cheryl values working with the talented people at Commerce, and with our committed stakeholder communities, to support thriving communities and families across the state. She earned a Master of Public Administration, undergraduate degrees in political science and social sciences, and several certifications in coaching and considers herself a lifelong learner.
Chief Financial Officer, Administrative Services
Martin joined Commerce in 2015 and leads the Administrative Services Division, which includes accounting, budget, contracts, information technology and office services. Martin began his state career in 2001 in a temporary job delivering computer hardware to rural health clinics for the Department of Health. He has since worked in various policy and budget positions for the state, to include working for Commerce in the Housing Trust Fund back in 2006 while completing his master’s degree in public administration from Evergreen State College. Just prior to joining Commerce, Martin was a budget manager for the Employment Security Department. Martin also holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and can usually be found on the pitch in Olympia watching his two children play soccer.
Jasmine Vasavada joined Commerce in 2016 as a senior energy policy specialist and began working as Commerce’s legislative director in 2018. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science degree from Harvard University. That background in science helped when she began working on state-level issues related to toxics in New Jersey. It carried forward to her work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, where Jasmine recruited and trained a team of 60 volunteer naturalists to teach children how to observe ocean life at a new hands-on marine sciences facility. While studying law at the University of Washington, Jasmine focused on state-level policy and spent several months in Olympia with the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Program Research, the nonpartisan committee staff in the Washington State House of Representatives.