Ron Dotzauer, Co-founder and CEO, Strategies 360
With sharply honed instincts in political strategy and a winning track record, Ron Dotzauer is a highly-sought political strategist. At Strategies 360, Ron provides strategic counsel to a vast array of regional and international clients. The company – which was started in 1985 as Northwest Strategies – has rocketed to the forefront of public relations/public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest.
Ron’s more than 30-year career in politics started in 1974, when he became the youngest elected county official in the state of Washington. He won the job of Clark County Auditor just two years out of college, defeating five people in a primary for the open seat.
After successfully directing Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1982, Ron worked as Jackson’s state director. In 1984, Ron ran Booth Gardner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, winning a three-person Democratic primary and then unseating incumbent Gov. John Spellman.
In 2000, Ron stunned national political observers by leading Maria Cantwell to a victory in the U.S. Senate over a three-term incumbent.
With an unbeatable track record for winning campaigns, Ron shares his insight and skills at campaign workshops all over the United States and beyond. In 1989, he traveled to the Baltic States to help prepare candidates for the region’s first free elections. And in 2008, he spent time in Mongolia helping first-time female candidates campaign for office.
Ron was an integral part of four national presidential conventions – both Democratic and Republican. He provided around-the-clock political analysis for several media outlets. Ron is the person the media turn to for quick-witted and accurate commentary on politics at all levels.
A gregarious and warm speaker, Ron is well-known throughout the state for his signature cowboy hat. (He owns and operates a quarter-horse ranch north of Seattle). Even news headlines make reference to his image, including an Associated Press story that said: “Political cowboy notches third big win.”
Ron got an early start in politics. In college, he was named “Outstanding Student in Political Science.” He also served as president of the Young Democrats and produced a TV show called “Politics and Personalities.”
An Everett, Washington native, Ron attended Lewis & Clark College for advanced graduate work and received a BA from Central Washington University.
Alex Hays, Principal, AB HAYS
Alex Hays is the descendant of Washington’s earliest pioneering family who came to our state in 1845. He is the Executive Director of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, which provides a voice for moderate Republicans in Washington State. He also serves as the President of the Justice for Washington Foundation and leads the youth leadership organization Action for Washington.
Alex is the principal in self-titled consultancy AB HAYS, which supports the work of non-profit organizations and political clients. He attends St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Tacoma and has become a competent sailor since taking up the “sport” in 2013. He might waste thousands of dollars buying a boat to celebrate a particularly successful 2014 election. Or he could put that money into his retirement.
EJ Juarez, Executive Director, Progressive Majority Washington
EJ Juárez is the Political Director of Progressive Majority Washington. In this role he manages the political program, which includes targeted candidate recruitment and support, fund development, and research.
Before joining Progressive Majority Washington, he worked with Washington’s largest anti-poverty organization, the Statewide Poverty Action Network. While there, he managed statewide communications campaigns, research and development campaigns. Prior to this EJ worked with SEIU 1199NW and the Win/Win Network. Additionally, he has managed several candidate and issue based campaigns across Washington state.
EJ has focused on serving his community with organizations that work to end generational poverty and promote civic engagement in underrepresented populations. He serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Education Access, a group advancing opportunity for youth facing poverty access higher education opportunities, and served on the board of the Washington Bus for five years. Additionally, he was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs where he is currently serving his first term and is a member of the executive team.
EJ holds a B.A. from Saint Martin’s University and a M.A. from the University of Washington, Bothell. While there he was a Civic Engagement Fellow helping facilitate community based projects addressing equity and social justice. EJ is originally from Wenatchee, Wash. and now resides in Seattle.
Matthew Lundh, CoFounder, Sermo Digital
Digital marketing professional with over ten years of experience in marketing, online & social media strategy and mobilization. Proven leader in both private and public sectors, primarily in both local and national government. Accomplishments include leading one of the top campaign digital shops in the country in 2012, earning it national recognition and leading the U.S. House Republicans rise to social media “dominance” in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Sean Martin, External Affairs Director, Rental Housing Association of Washington
Sean Martin serves as External Affairs Director at the Rental Housing Association of Washington, the state’s largest and oldest landlord association boasting over 5,500 members.Sean graduated in 2005 from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science.
After starting as an intern at RHAWA, Sean’s become responsible for tracking and lobbying issues affecting the rental housing industry for more than 11 years. He also instructs classes for RHAWA and is an invited speaker for groups interested in rental housing.
More recently, he’s worked on a number of concerns facing rental housing owners, notably landlord regulations, rental housing inspections, protected class and fair housing laws, and various fee and taxation issues in cities across Washington. Sean’s interests include skiing, cars, and a yet-to-be perfected home-brew hobby.
Ross McIvor, CPA
In early 2011, Ross merged his CPA practice with Bauer Evans, Inc. P.S., an Everett based firm. We maintain our office in Bellevue, the home office in Everett and an office in Marysville. The nine people in Bellevue, along with the 30 full time and tax seasonal people in other offices provide a wealth of talent to support the firm clients.
For almost 40 years, Ross has been in the practice of public accounting, primarily acting as a tax and business advisor for his clients. He formed McIvor Consulting PLLC in late 1993. Prior to 1993, he practiced for 12 years at Dodd Wing & Company, a local CPA firm in Kirkland, WA with the last 7 of those as its Tax Partner. For the 6 years prior to that, he practiced in the Tri Cities and Seattle with Niemi Holland & Scott, a regional CPA firm. Those experiences allowed him to work with a large variety of businesses, the individuals that own those businesses as well as other individuals and couples who have tax planning and preparation needs.
He is a member of the Washington Society of CPA’s and the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. Ross is currently involved in community activities as a Trustee and Past President of the Board of Eastside Heritage Center. As a third generation Eastside resident, he would like to preserve our heritage and history as well as educate those new to our area about the wealth of history on the Eastside. He is a Board Member and Past-Treasurer of Seafair. He is a member of Bellevue Rotary and serves as a member of the WSU Foundation - Seattle Planned Giving Advisory team. Past community activities include Past President and Trustee of the Bellevue Schools Foundation. He believes education of our youth is the path for their success, the health of our businesses as well as the health of our community. Ross is a Past Trustee with the Bellevue College Foundation. He is a graduate of Advance Bellevue (now Leadership Eastside), a leadership training program. Ross has been married to Candice since 1977. They have two grown girls who are out of the house and have an aging dog that rules the household. His personal interests include bicycling, golf and supporting his Washington State University Cougars where he graduated in 1975. Go Cougs!
Jason Mercier, Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center located in the Tri-Cities
Jason serves on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, and was an advisor to the 2002 Washington State Tax Structure Committee. Jason is an ex-officio for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. In June 2010, former Governor Gregoire appointed Jason as WPC’s representative on her Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Panel.
Todd Owens, COO, Sterling Talent Solutions
Todd Owens is the Chief Operating Officer at Sterling Talent Solutions. Todd previously held senior Product Management and Business Development roles at both Wind River Systems and Siebel Systems. Early in his career, Todd was a United States Navy submarine officer serving aboard the USS Pogy (SSN 647) and on the Third Fleet staff. He has twice been recognized as a "Superstar for outsourcing innovation in support of HR organizations" by HRO Today magazine. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
David Doud, Executive Director
David is a community activist and businessman. As a former candidate, David started CandidateVerification to bring greater transparency and disclosure to elections.