Young Professionals Advisory Board
Carson Bowlin - Chairman
The Washington Policy Center fosters a vital solutions-based conversation that is compelling on two distinct levels. First, the organization provides a balanced approach towards helping to inform and shape policy across state and local government. I first was exposed to the WPC as a staff member on state-wide political campaigns and found the WPC policy briefings to be an invaluable resource for candidates looking to deepen their understanding on key and complex issues. Second, the WPC draws people across our state toward a heightened level of engagement and participation in our democracy, helping to foster an informed citizenry compelled to act and vote based on principles of sustainable and responsible government for all.
I have been a Washington Policy Center Young Professional Board Member for six years and currently serve as the Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Events Committee. The growth of the YP group is inspiring to say the least. We have created a place for discussion, ideas and policy solutions across topics that matter by engaging individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds throughout Washington State. Even with the exciting growth, I'm convinced that the impact of the WPC Young Professionals is in its infancy and the vitality of this group will only continue to expand.
Aymeric Prieur- Vice Chair
Aymeric is a Pricing Strategy Manager at Starbucks Corporation, where he develops holistic pricing srategies for the company's food and beverage products. In his current role, he leverages his intereste for behavioral economics and conumer psychology to test and design innovative solutions for the enterprise while maintaining customer value. He is a CPA by trade and previously specialized in corportate taxation he started his career as a tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers before joinin the global tax planning and transfer pricing department of Starbucks for four years. Aymeric was born in France and grew up in Paris before moving to Seattle in 2007. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in taxation. He has bnee serving on the Young Professional's Advisory Board since 2014 and held the role of chairman in 2018. He also currently serves as the Treasurer of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest and volunteers for a local non-proft organization that serves the foster care youth in Seattle.
Ashley Fancher - Events Committee Chair
Ashley is a wealth manager at Garde Capital, Inc. She focuses on providing wealth management solutions to individuals and families in the Seattle Area. Together with her partners, she helps affluent clients address their five biggest concerns: preserving their wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of their heirs, ensuring their assets are not unjustly taken and charitable giving.
Ashley uses a consultative process to gain a detailed understanding of her clients’ deepest values and goals. She then employs customized recommendations designed to address each client’s unique needs and goals beyond simply investments. Ashley's experience also translates into divorce. She holds the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) designation and works with clients to help them understand how financial decisions today will impact their financial future. Ashley also has over 10 years of direct experience in commercial real estate development in the greater Seattle area.
Chelsea Shapiro- Marketing Committee Chair
Chelsea is a Seattle native, she graduated from Kings High School and earned a BA in English Lit from Wheaton College in Chicago. She has a real estate license in California and Washington and is a broker for Sound Realty Group which is part of KW Commercial. She also works as an associate for AD Shapiro Architects assisting with planning, consulting, and project management.
Chelsea joined WPC YP in 2018 because she wanted to get involved and make an impact on WA State’s future. She is passionate about small business and maintaining an economic environment favorable to business owners. She also sees how environmental regulation impacts the building and real estate industries and is in favor of smart, business and builder-friendly solutions.
Shelby Esau (Robbins)
As a Business Performance Advisor in the Seattle community I have the opportunity to help small to mid-sized businesses attract and retain talent, increase efficiencies and strategically scale. We do this through a variety of services that are consultative in nature. On a high level, our partnership allows companies to offer the bells and whistles of a corporation while strengthening their culture and mitigating risk.
Although I was born and raised in Seattle, I first heard about WPC at college in Southern California: I was looking for a summer job, and stumbled on WPC’s summer internship program. (Yes, Google existed—barely—when I was in college.) I’m fortunate that I did. I had a fantastic summer working for WPC’s policy experts, who opened my eyes to the fact that, while politics in the ‘other Washington’ tend to get the most TV play, the public policy choices that most affect our daily lives are made in Olympia or, in my case, the King County or Seattle administration buildings.
I finished up school and went on to attend US Navy Officer Candidate School. The Navy took me around the world (once literally), but I always tried to keep one eye on what was going on at WPC and my home state’s politics. When my Active Duty commitment was up in 2015, I moved back to Seattle—which was pretty much unrecognizable. I now work in the finance world, looking after investments in the healthcare and senior care fields in emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia and India. Carsten served as the YP Chairman in 2019.
WPC has grown since I was an intern way back in 2007, but it’s remained true to its vision of promoting free-market ideas in our state through critical research and analysis. I see it as an essential voice for reason in our state’s politics.
Austin Bowlin - College Clubs Chair
Austin Bowlin is a CPA and Partner at Real Estate Transition Solutions. His work focuses on developing tax-efficient strategies to allow investment property owners to transition from owning actively managed properties to an environment in line with their current and future financial and lifestyle objectives. Before joining RETS, Austin worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in both their audit and mergers and acquisitions advisory groups. He is actively involved in the community through advisory positions with the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) and the Washington Policy Center (WPC).
Austin’s passion for free-market advocacy stems from regular interaction with laws and legislation that fail to address the social and economic issues they claim to alleviate. Seeking a better way forward, it became clear to him that the free-market, combined with an informed citizenry, is the best environment to foster lasting change. Austin’s involvement with WPC Young Professionals began while attending Gonzaga University, during which he organized a team of students to research the economic impact on the manufacturing industry of a proposed increase in Spokane County’s sales tax.
Ben has served on the YP Board for 8 years since 2011. He also serves on the WPC Board of Directors and works as the President of Avara Construction. Ben has a background in real estate investment, asset feasibility, construction management, project management, and financial analysis. Ben is a graduate of the University of Washington, with education in Finance, Commercial Real Estate, and Construction Management.
I am the Vice President of Real Estate Investments for Pistol Creek Company, a privately held investment firm in Bellevue. It was during college when I realized that top-down centralized planning theories, which are often promoted on college campuses, have always failed in practice and that liberty and free-markets are the only path to improving the human condition. Through my professional work I discovered Washington Policy Center and became a founding young professionals board member. I now sit on both the young professionals and main WPC board. Aside from WPC, my passions include volunteering for the women’s shelter at Bethany Community Church in Green Lake, and flying medical patients in need through Angel Flight West. I live in Seattle with my wife and two rescue Chihuahua mixes.
I recently started up my own investment firm, Aletheian Wealth Advisors. I was formerly the Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager for Washington Trust Bank’s Wealth Management & Advisory Services, serving clients in Western Washington. With broad investment advisory and financial planning experience, I partner closely with clients to coordinate and implement financial planning services with the management of their assets, adding my expertise to investment and risk strategies.
I am a firm believer in the power of the free market. No other economic system in the history of the world has done as much good or lifted as many out of crushing poverty as a system of free exchange has. I am passionate about the work WPC does in advocating for and educating people about the continued progress that free markets make possible. I have been a supporter of the WPC and participated in the Young Professionals group since 2016.
After spending many years in construction, Anna pivoted her career in 2012 and is now a tax professional with Newman Town, PLLC in Kirkland. Anna specializes in construction accounting and hopes to use her background as a bridge between white-collar and blue-collar YPs.
With a passion for education, Anna joined WPC several years ago hoping to learn more about local policies and how they affect Washington families. As a single mom, she understands that we all walk our own path in life and each have different concerns that must be heard. Through YP, she works to engage young people and encourage them to find their voice and develop their own opinions about policy.
Born in Seattle and having lived her entire life in the Puget Sound area, Anna attended Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bellevue College, and the University of Washington. In 2016 she earned her Master of Professional Accounting degree with a focus in taxation from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.
I am a patent attorney with the newly formed Intellectual Property (IP) Solutions group at Aon plc. My team works with clients to develop IP-based value creation strategies, analyze competitive IP landscapes for potential sources of loss and risk, and leverage our analytics platform to value IP in support of intangible asset monetization and risk transfer solutions.
I am passionate about free-market advocacy because increasing awareness of alternatives on key policy issues allows people to make fully informed decisions. It was a desire to increase awareness of free-market policy solutions that drew me to the Washington Policy Center Young Professionals group. I attended several YP events last year, and I was struck by how much thought and effort the membership put into analyzing the impact of local and state level decisions that affect us all. I knew I had to find a way to contribute to the WPC Young Professionals group and its mission, and I am incredibly excited to see that happen as a member of the 2019 board of directors.
Kahryn Campbell- Tri-Cities YP Chapter
Kahryn Campbell grew up in the Tri Cities and has a passion for the community in which she resides. Her education is a B.S. in Business and Marketing from the University of Idaho. Her love for wine, the industry, and growing up around family business (across industries) has helped her develop Anelare. Along with her team, Kahryn runs the day to day business and enjoys the process from vineyard to bottle! Before starting Anelare Winery, she played for the Women’s Golf Team at the University of Idaho while obtaining her degree. She gained a position with Merck & Co. in the healthcare industry for 5 years in outside sales. She has two children; son Landon (13) and daughter Reese (12) who were just babies when the winery journey began. The family has planted their roots in Benton City to showcase their beautiful wines to the world, and give visitors a first class experience of Washington's wine industry. In her spare time, Kahryn loves to golf, hike, cook, and enjoy music, family & friends.