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Stephen Lerch, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Chief Economist


Stephen Lerch is the executive director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

Steve most recently held the position of Research Director at the Washington State Investment Board. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, he has worked as an economist and researcher on public finance and health care issues in government (U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation; Washington State Department of Revenue) and the private sector (HCIA-Sachs/Solucient). He has also previously served as an interim director for the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.