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DGSS Division of Governmental Studies and Services


08aMichael Gaffney, J.D.
Director, DGSS
Director of Washington State Institute of Criminal Justice
Emergency Management Director
Director of the Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Specialist in program evaluation and survey research. Certified trainer in public service ethics, policing, and emergency management. Facilitator in collaborative processes and alternative dispute resolution.

Christina M. Sanders, M.P.A.
Associate Director, DGSS
Assistant Director Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice

Specialist in collaboration between state and local government entities, interpreting polices, codes, and data for report publication, and working with agency representatives to initiate and negotiate contracts.


02aSeason Hoard, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator

Specialist in program evaluation, applied research, and survey design and implementation.  Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and data analysis, qualitative comparative analysis, and mixed-methods research.



2012-06-12 15.31.52John Snyder, J.D.
Community Engagement Specialist

Expertise in community outreach, and assessment of local-level policies and programs.  Specializes in the development, promotion and implementation of policies for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and communities.




04aJulie Lusby
Budget Coordinator

Certified in WSU Supervisory Management & Research Administration Series. Specialist in pre and post grant administration



Monica Babine
Senior Associate, Program for Digital Initiatives

Specialist in promotion, assessment, policy development, program implementation and training for organizations and communities interested in increasing digital technology access, awareness, and adoption through telework and other broadband applications.


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Emergency Management Coordinator

Specializes in emergency preparedness initiatives, developing institutional plans, and continuity planning programs. Disaster services background with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.



Francis BenjaminFrancis Benjamin
Research Affiliate

Mr. Benjamin serves the community in many ways. He acts as a board members, board president, chairman, and board secretary of many organizations in Pullman and across the state of Washington.




William Budd, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate

Professor Emeritus in School of the Environment, Dr. Budd works with DGSS on special projects. His research and scholarly interests include applied human ecological planning, sustainability assessment and evaluation, and environmental policy. Dr. Budd has served on numerous federal and state committees on issues dealing with environmental policy, environmental health, and risk assessment.


Nicholas P. Lovrich, Ph.D.
Senior Research Affiliate
Emeritus Regents Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Dr. Lovrich has published in major journals in the fields of Political Science, Public Administration and Criminal Justice. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Washington State Center for Court Research in the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) as a representative of the state’s academic community.

Jointly affiliated with
WSU Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences  WSU Extension