Inslee Names Christine Bezanson Director of Results Washington

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From the Office of Governor Jay Inslee:

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Christine Bezanson director of Results Washington, Inslee’s initiative to make state government more effective. 

Launched in 2013, Results Washington tracks outcome measures and key drivers that reflect the governor’s statewide priorities, such as: world-class education; prosperous economy sustainable energy and clean environment; health and safe communities; and efficient, effective and accountable government.

“Christy has extensive experience in state government and understands how data and tracking outcomes can help improve policy,” Inslee said. “She brings a client-focused approach to her work and I know she will build on the great work that Results Washington has done over the past seven years. I thank Pat Lashway for stepping into the interim role and for helping to manage through this transition. I look forward to welcoming Christy to my cabinet.”

Bezanson is currently associate director at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, where she provides leadership for a staff of researchers conducting work in support of WSIPP’s non-partisan research portfolio. Prior to that she worked for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, where she held a variety of positions including: senior director for the Enterprise Projects Office; senior director, operations chief, business process improvement coordinator, and also legislative, performance and business management coordinator of the Operations Support and Services Division.

She began her career as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton working on contracts for the U.S. Army, General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Evergreen State College and a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State Universityin Arcata, Calif.

Bezanson’s position is effective May 1. 

 

 

First Native American Woman Appointed to Washington State Supreme Court

portrait for Raquel Montoya-Lewis
Raquel-Montoya Lewis, the first Native American woman to be appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee helped usher in a historic day for the Washington State Supreme Court when he appointed Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis as the first Native American justice Dec. 4 in Olympia.

Montoya-Lewis has more than 20 years of judicial experience, including five on the Whatcom County Superior Court. She spent years working with tribal communities in Washington and elsewhere, and is uniquely familiar with the challenges that tribal and rural communities face. She also worked on issues to protect children from exploitation, and received the Children’s Advocacy Center Community Leadership Award in 2018.

“Because Judge Montoya-Lewis is Native American, many will focus on the historic nature of this appointment,” Inslee said. “And it’s entirely appropriate to do so. But I want the record to show that Judge Montoya-Lewis is the kind of exceptional judge I want serving on the highest court in our state because she is the best person for the job.”

Read the rest of the story on the Governor’s Medium Page.