We are an independent and non-partisan Legislative agency and work primarily on the funding and benefit issues of the state’s public retirement systems. OSA was created in 1977 and its duties are listed in Chapters 44.44 and 41.24 RCW.

Our office is led by the State Actuary. You can read his bio below. The State Actuary is appointed by the State Actuary Appointment Committee. More information is available in RCW 44.44.013
 

Our Mission

Our work supports the financial security of Washingtonians today and for generations to come. We help our clients make informed decisions and navigate the uncertainties of the future through expert, accurate, and objective analysis. We strive to communicate our work in an easy to understand and accessible manner. 
 

Our Values Statement

We model the highest level of professionalism.  We remain independent and unbiased when delivering services in support of our mission.  We value teamwork and collaboration to continually improve the quality of our services and working relationships.  We promote a fun and friendly office culture that provides work-life balance and opportunities to grow.
 

State Actuary Biography

Matt Smith, State Actuary

Matthew M. Smith, EA, FCA, MAAA

Biography

       Matthew M. Smith is an Enrolled Actuary (EA), Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA), and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  Matt started his actuarial career as an actuarial assistant with the Office of the State Actuary (OSA).  Prior to his appointment as the State Actuary in November 2002, he worked for Watson Wyatt, Milliman, and Howard Johnson/Merrill Lynch in various actuarial and consulting roles.

Matt is Washington’s third State Actuary and serves as executive head of OSA.  To learn more about OSA duties and responsibilities, see the What We Do and Who We Serve page.  As the State Actuary, Matt oversees the annual actuarial valuations of 14 public retirement plans. OSA also provides staff and assistance to the Select Committee on Pension Policy (SCPP) , a 20-member statutory committee.  The SCPP studies issues and policies affecting the Washington State Retirement Systems and makes recommendations to the Legislature.  Matt directs research and policy staff in support of the SCPP.

Matt believes that actuaries help the public identify, quantify, and manage risk.  As State Actuary, he strives to promote the security of Washington State public employees’ retirement benefits by simplifying and clearly explaining actuarial concepts.  By translating complex actuarial information into easy to understand laymen’s terms, plan members, legislators, citizens, and other stakeholders are able to make informed decisions about retirement plan benefits and policies.

Matt and his wife Kimberly reside in Olympia and have three children. 
 

Staff List

All staff can be reached at our main number, 360.786.6140, or by email: state.actuary@leg.wa.gov

State Actuary
Matthew M. Smith, FCA, EA, MAAA
Actuarial Staff
Lisa Won, ASA, FCA, MAAA; Deputy State Actuary
Luke Masselink, ASA, EA, MAAA; Senior Actuary
Michael Harbour, ASA, MAAA; Actuary
Kyle Stineman, ASA; Senior Actuarial Analyst
Graham Dyer, Senior Actuarial Analyst
Mitch DeCamp, Actuarial Analyst
Frank Serra, Actuarial Analyst
Sarah Baker, Actuarial Analyst
Information Services Staff
Darren Painter, Information Services Manager
Aaron Gutierrez, MPA, JD; Senior Policy Analyst
Stephanie Roman, MA, JD; Associate Policy Analyst
Corban Nemeth, Associate Policy and Data Analyst
Administrative Staff
Kelly Burkhart, Administrative Services Manager
Keri Wallis, Project Coordinator
Lisa Hawbaker, Senior Administrative Assistant
Beth Halverson, Administrative Assistant

Last Reviewed: 1/12/2018

Last Updated: 1/12/2018