Rich Nafziger, MA

MA, Economics

Lecturer, Institute of Public Service

Phone: 206.296.6967

Building/Room: Casey 210-10

Teaching and Research Interests

Rich is currently writing a book on the Washington economy and political system. He is also working with the Service Employees International Union on portability of benefits for contract workers. He teaches electives focused on behavioral economics, the modern workplace and social justice.


Richard Nafziger worked as an economist in public policy for nearly 35 years. His public service positions include Executive Director for Partnerships and Economic Development for Seattle Community Colleges, the Chief of Staff for the State Senate Democrats, Chief Clerk of the Washington House of Representatives, policy advisor to Governors Gardner and Locke, Director of Workforce Training for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Chair of the State Workforce Training Education and Coordination Board. He has also served as Research Director for the Service Employees International Union and Americans for Indian Opportunity in Washington D.C. He was Senior Associate with Tanzer Economics in New York City, working on international petroleum and minerals issues. Rich was elected twice to the Olympia School Board and served as board chair.