John Burbank has a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a B.A. from Evergreen State College. Before founding EOI, John was project manager of the Sand Point Community Housing Association, political director of the Washington State Labor Council, staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate, and director for the Community Labor Coalition in Rhode Island. He speaks Finnish and has published in the Journal of Finnish Studies. John is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. | Contact John
Marilyn Watkins joined EOI in 1999. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Transforming Washington’s Budget (2010), the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Family Leave Insurance (2007), the Seattle Public Library Strategic Advisory Committee (2010), and serves on the executive committee of Family Values @ Work Multi-State Consortium. Before joining EOI, Marilyn worked as a historical consultant for Northwest tribes and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women's history. She earned a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard and Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan, specializing in U.S. social and political history. | Contact Marilyn
Gary Burris earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA from The Evergreen State College. Prior to joining EOI, Gary was the Assistant Director for Quality in the Department of Early Learning. He also worked for the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Care and Early Learning, the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, The Evergreen State College's Center for Educational Improvement and the Washington legislature. | Contact Gary
Aaron Keating holds a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Music from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Before joining EOI, Aaron worked as Communications and Technology Manager for Port Jobs, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Program Director at the YMCA of Tacoma-Kitsap County. | Contact Aaron
Alex earned his BA in Political Science from Seattle University in 2008. He began as a Summer Intern for EOI, and became a full-time staff member in June of 2010. Prior to joining EOI, Alex worked as an intern for Save Our Wild Salmon and was the President of the Seattle University Rugby Club. | Contact Alex
Tatsuko earned a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Biology and Psychology from the University of Colorado. Before joining EOI, Tatsuko served in AmeriCorps, working with homeless and low-income families. She also worked with the Public Policy and Government Relations team at United Way of King County, where she assisted with policy advocacy efforts to support at-risk communities. | Contact Tatsuko
Emily W. Groves joins EOI after launching Sacred Valley Health, a community health education organization based in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Prior to her work in Peru, Emily spent four years as Manager of Special Projects in the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution and a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. She holds a B.A. in English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. | Contact Emily
founded EOI because our state's public policies should work for
working families. From raising the minimum wage to reforming our
state's tax structure, EOI has made Washington a better place to
live, work and do business.
been with EOI for nearly 10 years because I love the mix of research
and creating long term, positive change – for everyone.
work at EOI to make economic fairness and family security part of
our public policy decisions – ensuring our government is working
for everyone’s benefit.
mission and values connect with my belief that government should
provide a structure that supports families and workers. EOI's staff
and our partners look for new, creative ways to make our communities
and our state a better place to live and work.
Senior Policy Associate
believe everyone should have access to a high-quality education,
a job with benefits, and economic security in their retirement.
EOI's mission supports these values, and is a strong voice in the
public policy debate.
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