OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee today named Aaron Everett director of the Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance. ORIA provides assistance to businesses, government agencies and the public for permitting, licensing and other regulatory processes.
Everett has more than 16 years of leadership experience in a regulatory environment. Most recently, he served as policy director and state forester with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, where he worked extensively with federal agencies on forestry issues. He replaces Kelly Craig who has served as acting director since June.
“Aaron is a great choice for this role as he believes in a performance-based government,” Inslee said. “He is committed to helping people navigate environmental and business regulatory systems. His strong track record of excellent outcomes speaks well of his successes. I thank Kelly for her leadership and service.”
Everett has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University and participated in an executive education program through the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
His first day on the job will be Feb. 20.