Who We Are

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

We model the highest level of professionalism and strive to provide clear, impartial, and expert analysis to assist our clients in making informed decisions and navigating the uncertainties of the future. 

Our Vision

Sound programs that provide financial security for Washingtonians today and for generations to come.

Our Shared Values

By collaborating, clarifying expectations, and innovating, we aim to continually improve the quality of our services and working relationships. As colleagues, we work together to promote a fun, friendly and respectful office culture, which emphasizes work-life balance and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

State Actuary Biography
Matt Smith, State Actuary
Matthew M. Smith

Matthew M. Smith is a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA), and 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 Willis Towers Watson, 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. He directs the actuarial services for the state’s prepaid tuition program, certain medical programs, and the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program. 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 support the soundness of Washington State financial security programs by simplifying and clearly explaining actuarial concepts. By translating complex information into easy to understand non-actuarial terms, plan members, legislators, citizens, and other stakeholders are able to make informed decisions about program 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
Operations Staff
Cristina Diaz, Operations Analyst
Actuarial Staff
Lisa A. Won, ASA, FCA, MAAA; Deputy State Actuary
Luke Masselink, ASA, EA, MAAA; Senior Actuary
Michael T. Harbour, ASA, MAAA; Actuary
Kyle Stineman, ASA, MAAA; Actuary
Sarah A. Baker, ASA, MAAA; Senior Actuarial Analyst
Frank Serra, ASA, MAAA; Senior Actuarial Analyst
Mitch DeCamp, ASA, MAAA; Senior Actuarial Analyst
Graham Dyer, Senior Actuarial Analyst
Kevin Lee, Actuarial Analyst
Policy and Research Staff
Melinda Aslakson, Policy and Research Services Manager
Aaron Gutierrez, MPA, JD; Senior Policy Analyst
Darren Painter, Senior Policy Analyst
Administrative Staff
Kelly Burkhart, Administrative Services Manager
Keri Wallis, Senior Project Coordinator
Katie Bennington, Executive Assistant
Beth Halverson, Senior Administrative Assistant
Laylani Tatum, Administrative Assistant

Last Reviewed: 06/10/2024

Last Updated: 06/10/2024